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.