Can Maps Be Art?

Maps, particularly old maps, are ‘in’. As the high street clambers for everything that is vintage, maps have become a part of that movement. From map design dresses in House of Fraser to cartographic bed sheets in Debenhams, maps are part of our everyday graphic language. If we watch any news report, one cannot but…

What Does Mission Look Like In The Arts?

As I was compiling my recent reflections on the Catalyst Festival, I stumbled across a video made for the 2014 Festival. Think about the word ‘mission’. What does it look like to you? Someone calling sinners to repentance from a stage? Someone giving out tracts? A skilled apologist who can answer any objection thrown their way? I think the title…

Where Is The Line, Chris Donald?

As artists we need to push boundaries but as Christians there are some lines we cannot cross. We continue our quest to gain wisdom on this dilemma from some of our wisest friends and today Chris Donald gives his twenty pence. Chris is a graphic designer, musician and writer and runs the Minor Artists label and production…

Reflections On Catalyst Festival: Making Stuff, Not Just Talking About Stuff

One of the features of the Sputnikzone that has been present since the inception of the Catalyst Festival has been our art workshops. We’ve put on jewellery making workshops, story telling workshops, photography workshops, willow weaving workshops, painting workshops, felt making workshops, creative writing workshops, percussion workshops, printing workshops, still life drawing workshops, songwriters’ workshops,…

Interview with Colin Veysey of The Wick Trimmers

One of the most instructive moments for me at this year’s Catalyst Festival was when, during our live music afternoon, we segued from Prestwood based folk band, The Wick Trimmers, to Birmingham rapper, Mantis. In many ways the two sets couldn’t have been more different: from Tin Whistle refrains to grubby Wu Tang beats, from jaunty acoustic…

Reflections on Catalyst Festival: The Work Behind The Work

One of the explicit goals of this year’s Sputnikzone at the Catalyst Festival was to show something of the work behind the work. This emphasis was specifically to clear up the common misconception that artistic works of value simply materialise out of thin air. They are products of thought, practice and usually years of dedication. We…

madebymotive: Joanna Karselis

We had 3 musical exhibits in the madebymotive gallery. Barrowclough and Ebenezer’s ‘Breath and Blood’ and Mr Ekow’s ‘When Space Stares Back’ both seemed to go down well, but I wanted to particularly draw your attention to Joanna Karselis’ uplifting ‘Cry’. Jo is a longtime Sputnik favourite and it’s yet another beautiful addition to her repertoire. You can’t argue…

Not About The Football

About this time of year I have a hopeless dream: I dream The Football has finally finished and that whichever cup competition has presently run its course has established, once and for all, which football club is the best in England (Europe, the world). And there will be no need for anyone to bother with…

madebymotive: Huw Evans

In an off the cuff remark on the phone a few days before the festival, Benjamin Harris agreed to hand write each of the 4 poems we were exhibiting on to our display boards. Over the course of about 5 hours on the following Friday and Saturday, he fulfilled this agreement (with the help of a…

Reflections on Catalyst Festival: Artists Are Awesome!

I’m in reflective mood, and this year’s Catalyst Festival is the immediate object of said reflection. Before I get into the chin stroking, philosophical observations, let’s start with something that is of utmost importance. It struck me at this year’s festival and it’s been striking me with increasing regularity since starting doing Sputnik. Artists are…

madebymotive: Jon Doran

It was great to connect with some new artists for this exhibition, most notably Ruth Naylor (whose piece, Swanpool was on display) and Jon Doran. Since studying Fine Art at Falmouth, Jon has exhibited from the south coast up to London and even across the channel. It is fair to say that his award winning work is…