As a part of the on-going #Heartwork initiative, Smile Foundation in partnership with LAY’S has launched a special exhibition ‘Artwork for Heartwork’. The initiative brings together India’s leading artists and celebrities to generate funds for procuring hygiene kits for the numerous unsung heroes like farmers, truck drivers, shopkeepers, and many more such unsung heroes who have been working tirelessly during these challenging times. Through the initiative, the artist community, which includes college students from the National Institute of Fine Arts (NIFA), has come together to contribute towards these unsung heroes who have brought joy to the entire country. All the artwork will be showcased at one of India’s leading curated platform Art&Found (www.artandfound.co) and the sale proceeds from the exhibition will go to Smile Foundation to support the unsung heroes.
The initiative brings together art pieces of 100 local artists including painters, photographers and digital artists as well as close to 10 celebrities all of whom have made and donated original artwork for the “Artwork for Heartwork” cause. Some of the renowned artists include names like Shubhika from Papa Don’t Preach, Sabeena Karnik, Aniruddh Mehta, Hari & Deepti, Shiva Nallaperumal, among others. The initiative is also being supported by some of the popular Bollywood celebrities including Sonu Sood, Arshad Warsi, Chitrangada Singh, Karan Tacker, Manushi Chhillar, and Ishita Dutta, who have contributed sketches, acrylic work on canvas, charcoal work on paper and doodles to help raise funds for the initiative.
Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, popular actor Sonu Sood, said“The Artwork for Heartwork campaign by Smile Foundation and LAY’S is a great tribute to the unsung heroes of India. I am glad to be part of this initiative and showcase my gratitude by donating an acrylic painting as a tribute to their tireless efforts. Art as a medium has always inspired me to express more than words. I hope that all of us can come together and give these unsung heroes the care they deserve in every way possible.”
Expressing her thoughts on the association, Shubhika from Papa Don’t Preach said, “When art and heart come together, they create a combination of big energy and the delicate butterfly effect. Just like music can save the world, I believe art can have a similar impact. For this special initiative, I created a wall art in the shape of a bag with 3D embellishments and zari handwork. I hope this artwork celebrates the Heartwork and true dedication of our unsung heroes as each one of us holds the power to make a difference in someone’s life with a little art backed by a deep big heart”.
Sharing his thoughts Santanu Mishra, Co-Founder, and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation said, “We appreciate PepsiCo’s long-standing partnership with Smile Foundation launching the Artwork for Heartwork campaign. Through this unique fundraiser, we will enable artists, celebrities, and students to come forward and help raise donations to meet the current health objectives of the nation. Through showcasing artwork on Art&Found, we will enable consumers to purchase the art and be part of a larger movement wherein their contributions will be utilized to provide for hygiene kits in different parts of the country. This campaign is at the heart of our philosophy of ‘Civic Driven Change’ wherein we all come forward and extend support in the toughest of times.”
Expressing his thoughts, Aditya Mehta, Founder CEO, Art&Found said, “Artwork for Heartwork’ is an initiative that celebrates gratitude, reminding us to not take for granted those who work behind the scenes. The team at Art&Found is incredibly grateful to bring to life ‘Artwork for Heartwork’ – from briefing and problem-solving with the teams at Smile and Lay’s to working closely with artists and have their art sold to donate hygiene kits to unsung heroes, it’s an amazing full circle. This project has not only let artists create something meaningful but also be part of a great cause one would be proud to be associated with, and that which will be remembered for a long time.”
Commenting on this creative partnership, Dilen Gandhi, Senior Director and Category Head – Foods, PepsiCo India said, “Art is one of the strongest forms of expression and holds the power to drive action. With the Artwork for Heartwork initiative, we are channelizing the power of visual medium to create awareness and thank the tireless effort of numerous unsung heroes. We started the #Heartwork journey with music and have now transitioned to tapping creative visual art formats for this heartwarming campaign. We’re glad to partner with Smile Foundation and Art&Found to spearhead this heartfelt cause and support the community.”
In the four-week Artwork for Heartwork campaign, visitors can view the dedicated gallery here http://artandfound.co/artworkforheartwork, and upon successful purchase, the selected artwork will be delivered to the buyer by Art&Found.
LAY’S Heartwork campaign expresses gratitude towards those unseen heroes who work relentlessly against all odds to bring joy to millions across the country. At a time when consumers could not step out, what would have been considered a routine work was indeed Heartwork. In this campaign, the brand has partnered with Smile Foundation to provide hygiene kits to over 40,000 families and got leading singers to hum the heartfelt ode ‘Ye Heartwork Kehlata Hai’ to applaud the efforts of the unsung heroes. LAY’S has also collaborated with over 40 leading brands across the industry to thank them for their work during the lockdown phase in India by sharing special virtual branded LAY’S #Heartwork packs.