The Bengaluru Sketchbook

by Michael Samson in Drumlithie, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Bengaluru Sketchbook


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by October 28th 2019 at 12:59pm

To raise awareness about modern-day slavery practices and the work of IJM, through the production of artwork in Bengaluru, India.

by Michael Samson in Drumlithie, Scotland, United Kingdom

A couple of months ago I opened an email that offered an incredible opportunity to use my art for a great cause. It was an invitation from anti-slavery charity, the International Justice Mission to accompany them to Bengaluru, India in November this year. They're a charity I've followed and supported for a number of years and knowing their work, it's not an offer I undertook lightly! 

Following a few excited emails and phone conversations we came up with a plan that during the trip I would create a sketchbook documenting the people and places involved with IJM's world-changing mission. Printed copies of this sketchbook alongwith a series of artworks I'll be producing on return, will be sold to raise funds and awareness of the fight against modern day slavery. There are currently approximately 40 million people trapped in slavery around the world and at best estimates human-trafficking generates over 100 billion pounds a year for organised crime - devastatingly, a quarter of the victims of this nightmare are children.

I'm throwing in whatever resources I can to make this trip a success and in return for any donations you're able to make, you can choose a reward to remind you of the important part you played in making it possible! You have the choice of signed, limited edition prints from the sketchbook... or 'Bengaluru-themed' studio days with me (including an authentic Indian lunch courtesy of Mrs. Samson).

All the money raised through this crowdfunding campaign will be used to help cover the costs of the trip and anything left over will contribute to the printing costs of 'The Bengaluru Sketchbook' which will be published in 2020.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Donating £10 for the trip will give you an official named 'Thank You!' in the printed Bengaluru Sketchbook.

£40 or more

2 of 150 claimed

£40 Reward

A signed, limited edition A4 print of a selected page from the Bengaluru Sketchbook... lovingly mounted and personally delivered. (All prints produced on archival quality paper).

£60 or more

9 of 60 claimed

£60 Reward

A Bengaluru themed, small-group studio day with me at my studio in Drumlithie (maximum of 3 people). Included in the day is an authentic Indian lunch courtesy of Mrs. Samson!

£120 or more

3 of 20 claimed

£120 Reward

A 1-1 day in my studio, working on large-scale artwork from the Bengaluru trip. An authentic Indian lunch will be provided by Mrs. Samson... and we might even convince her to wear a Sari!

Let's make 'The Bengaluru Sketchbook' happen

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