How can Christian arts professionals do their work for Jesus?

I’m really looking forward to meeting Daniel Blake at our Catalyst4theworkplace day. Daniel is a fashion designer with a couple of fashion labels under his belt as well as some pretty tasty freelance credits and a teaching role at the London college of fashion. In short, he’s the real deal! We’re delighted that he’s agreed to…

So, What Do You Think Of My Work?

I realise that creatives come from every degree of the personality spectrum. Regardless of our temperament, our level of self-belief, our raw talent, our techniques or our oratory skills, as artists it feels risky and vulnerable asking people to talk about or evaluate our work. You might well have issues or misgivings about one of…

Scott Derrickson (and not so much Disney and Ghibli)

So, how do we present realistic, 3 dimensional views of the world in our stories, while not abandoning our convictions about what lies behind that reality? That is the question we’ve been thinking about for the last while (you can catch the last two posts here and here). And we’ve been particularly thinking about good and…

Catalyst4TheWorkplace Day: We’re running the arts stream

On Saturday 8th October, Catalyst are hosting a Catalyst4TheWorkplace Day and we’re delighted to be hosting the arts stream. For a good portion of the day, we’re going to simply spend time getting to meet other professionals in the arts from (but not exclusively from) Catalyst churches and learning from the expertise of some guys with…

Flannery O’Connor, Disney and Ghibli?

Flannery O’Connor is an author who has spent more time than most explaining how her faith affects her writing: “I see from the standpoint of Christian orthodoxy. This means that for me the meaning of life is centered in our Redemption by Christ and what I see in the world I see in its relation…

Re-presenting our Communities

In my community there is an owl called Perry Chocobow Swanet. It was commissioned as part of Birmingham’s ‘Big Hoot’ in 2015, which aimed to celebrate the diversity of Birmingham and its different communities through giant customised owls, as well as celebrating a kind of civic unity. Without the paint, the owls were essentially uniform….

Solving Problems or Making Things New

I’ve just finished Dorothy Sayers’ classic ‘The Mind Of The Maker’ and she’s got my mind buzzing with so many ideas I felt that I needed to process at least some of them before they filtered out into the aether. I’ll be honest, my Facebook addled mind found some of her more complex and dated…

Political Posters and a different kind of kingdom

Earlier this year Wolverhampton Art Gallery played host to a V&A collection titled ‘A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution’. The exhibition chiefly looks at posters that have contributed to historical and perceptive change in the general public. The power of many of the posters lies in their ability to combine text and image…

Michelangelo, character and community

At the age of 72 Michelangelo began work on a pietà (a work depicting Jesus dead after being taken down from the cross), probably for his own tomb in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Unlike his previous pietà which depicted Mary holding the body of Jesus across her lap, this one showed Mary and Mary…

An Honest Approach to the Arts

Being creative is a risky business. It leaves you exposed, vulnerable, open to misunderstanding, scorn and ridicule. You cannot be honest in your art without revealing something of yourself. And (and this is the tricky bit) it’s not how you would like to be, but who you really are – shy away from that and…