Interview with Photographer Simon Bray

Creative medium: Photographer Twitter: @simonbray Instagram: @simonbray Website: simonbray.co.uk – Hey Simon, tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.. Hey! I’m a landscape and documentary photographer based in Manchester. I also manage The Anchor Coffee House, which is owned by Vinelife Church, which is an absolute pleasure. I moved up here from Hampshire nearly 10 years…

Stewart Garry’s ‘Sojourner’

Minor Artists is part record label, part collective and part music production company. Founded by Sputnikmagazine contributor Chris Donald a couple of years back, it already has at least three bona fide classics under its belt- mSTORK’s ‘The Crux’, Benjamin Blower’s ‘Kingdom vs Empire’ and Ebenezer’s ‘Outremer’, but its forthcoming project is its most ambitious yet….

Art For The Glory Of God (Part 1:Why so few Christians in the arts? )

At our last Birmingham Sputnik hub gathering, we had the pleasure of a visit from Ally Gordon. Ally is a highly respected contemporary artist and the co-founder of Morphe Arts and after an invigorating afternoon, I instantly wanted to share his wisdom to a wider group than those who could fit into the Wilsons’ living…

Can Crosswords be Art?

  In February, Ian Johnson asked the question ‘Can video games be art?’ While he put forward a pretty compelling case, as far as I was concerned, he also opened the door to the wider question of ‘what is art anyway?’ So, as something of a sequel (or more accurately a prequel) Huw Evans, responds…

Our Heritage: Jeffrey Overstreet interviews Terry Glaspey

Christian artists ‘have not only an amazing heritage, but also a tradition’. When I read that line in Jeffrey Overstreet’s interview with Terry Glaspey, I knew I had to see if I could reproduce the interview for you guys. Glaspey has recently released the book ’75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know’. The book is an…

Cildo Meireles and Creating Cracks In The Current Order

“Art shapes thought, and thought shapes life”: The Sputnik maxim speaks not just of the ‘fine’ arts such as painting and sculpture but also of all types of art; high and low, public and private, global and local alike. From the images that dominate billboards to the tunes that hum out from the radio, our…

Interview with Singer/ Songwriter Jake Isaac

This interview with Jake Isaac originally featured in Creative Arts Network’s Motive edition of Hue magazine, and was then reposted on the Creativeartsnetwork.co.uk. We wanted to triple check you didn’t miss it though. To purchase a copy of Hue, click here. (PS, you can get a bargain with discount code ‘HUEFLASH’) Jake Isaac is a…

Should Christians watch horror movies?

Great work Thinktheology and Nathanael Smith for not playing it safe with Tuesday’s post- a review of Robert Eggers’ ‘The Witch’ and general reflections on the horror genre. The guys at Think asked me to do a sort of companion piece that went up there on Wednesday, but I thought I’d share it here as…

What Is It To Be Human? 2 Reasons Why I Loved Our Last Art Project

5 exhibitions. 39 artists (from at least 22 different churches). 45 pieces of art. 55 days. Over 30 set uppers and downers. Over 10,000 visitors. Enough bubble wrap to mummify a large suburban semi. It was only just over a year ago that Sputnik kicked off our WhatIsItToBeHuman? project and at the end of January…

Anya Gallaccio and These Beautiful Changeable Things

Christian theology has the tendency to exalt the abstract and immaterial over the corporeal and transitory parts of creation. When I was baptised, a scripture from Second Corinthians was given to me that spoke about how “the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). This…