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Tackle social exclusion by buying art

One in five children lives in relative poverty. Teens feel this at first hand, yet their voices are often unheard. We want to change that together. That is why we asked three young artists from Finland to paint hope with a giant crane into a paintbrush to tackle social exclusion among teenagers. The Zero Exclusion project draws attention to a big issue, by giving little voices a big canvas to express how they feel.

All proceeds from the sold paintings will be donated to the Finnish NGO Hope and their work against social exclusion of kids.

A skyhigh art project for social inclusion

At Vuosaari Harbour in Helsinki, after only one hour of practice at the controls of a 380-tonne Mantsinen 300, three young artists were invited to paint pictures of “hope” and “optimism” onto 5 meter x 2 meter artistic grade and canvases.

Zero Exclusion has been put together by two long-time business partners: Neste and Mantsinen. While the canvases were recycled, Mantsinen 300 was also filled with Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Teknos also developed a coating based on Neste MY Renewable Isoalkane for the project and some of the paintings were painted with that, for the first time in the world.

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Buy a painting – help the cause

The collection consists of 42 paintings. They were created in two stages. The first one was at the harbour using Mantsinen 300 as the brush.

The second stage was done at the Albright-Knox, Buffalo, one of the leading modern art museums. At this stage the harbor-scale canvases were cut in smaller individual works and then finalised using various methods. Albright-Knox provided artistic coaching for the teens throughout the process.

The artworks are on display at Bio Rex, Helsinki, between 4–22 December 2019. All the proceeds from the paintings will go for the NGO Hope and their work against social exclusion of children. See the paintings below – buy art for good.


Get to know our artists:
Kip Pääkkönen
Kukka-Maaria Juvonen
Miia Kuittinen

Art gallery

Each painting of the Zero Exclusion project is for sale. All the proceeds will go for the NGO Hope, and their fight against social exclusion of children. By purchasing a unique piece of art, you support this important cause.

So far, we have raised:

€36,000


Buy a painting

Each painting of the Zero Exclusion project is for sale. All the proceeds will go for the NGO Hope, and their fight against social exclusion of children and youth. You can make an offer for the painting using the form below. Minimum price for a painting is 1000 euros. You will get all the information about the payment and shipment via email.



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Join the #zeroexclusion movement

No teen should feel excluded from their own life. In Zero Exclusion we want to raise the voice of kids at the risk of social exclusion. The project helps teens help other teens – a rare opportunity in charitable work. But we realize this challenge needs everyone onboard.

We invite you to make a pledge for #zeroexclusion. It could be a monetary donation, giving a hand in social exclusion programmes, or just spreading the word of the project. Act now, spread hope.

We have embarked on a journey towards a fossil free future. However, it takes more than one to reach zero. Together with our partners, Neste will explore new ideas and steer the world towards a better future.