The South Asia Sketchbook

by Michael Samson in Drumlithie, Scotland, United Kingdom

The South Asia Sketchbook
We did it
On 28th October 2019 we successfully raised £5,652 with 70 supporters in 56 days

To raise awareness about modern-day slavery practice through the production of artwork in South Asia.

by Michael Samson in Drumlithie, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

HUGE, HUGE thanks to those of you who have already given your encouragement, advice, money and prayers! Every penny, word and thought has been gratefully received as I face up to this exciting and daunting project! I'm so close to the target and any extra funds raised will go towards making the published sketchbook even more desirable!

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 an anti-slavery charity to accompany them to South Asia in November this year. It's 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 the charity. 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 billions of 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 'Southern-Asian 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 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

12 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

19 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

7 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!

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