Would You Like To Be A Sputnik Intern For A Year?

Would you like to spend a year developing your art practice, getting to know the Bible better and working alongside the Sputnik team in Birmingham? I am excited to announce our first ever Sputnik internship! (Drums. Fanfare. General maniacal whooping.) We are offering up to three Sputnik internships, starting in September 2017, linked in with…

It’s Time To Knit Ourselves In Again!

The other day, I was perusing the comments on a facebook post that my good friend Ben Harris had posted. A few comments in, one of Ben’s friends from his church had questioned the suitability of the piece of art that Ben had posted (something to do with Ben’s appropriation of some Eastern symbols in…

Beauty and Art- So What?

Well, that’s how to start a new year! Thank you so much to Ben, Dave, Alastair and Huw for your reflections on beauty. I’ve personally found them very helpful and I know I’m not the only one. All that’s left to do is to summarise and then end with the obvious question- so what? Some…

A Change In The Landscape(s)

About a year ago, I put aside a day to pray. I don’t know how you do it, but for me, if something is particularly on my mind, I like to skip food and pray for a day (the skipping food bit frees up a good amount of time to do the praying bit). On this occasion, the focus…

Star man: Beauty or Language?

Just before Christmas I flung a star into space. It was not a vast thermonuclear ball of gas and plasma, but a small thing, some three feet across, made of five willow sticks, an LED rope and lots and lots of short pieces of green, garden twine. Neither did it get very far into space:…

The Grotesque And The Beautiful In Faithful Art

One occasionally hears complaints from Christians, that art these days is ugly where it ought to be beautiful. Unsettling installations, chaotic abstractions, unsavoury juxtapositions of images and symbols; all seemingly calculated to jar and upset. Why would Christians be joining in with these gloomy trends? The question was posed to me last week, “shouldn’t they…

Beauty and Redemption

(The following is an edited introduction to a lecture Alastair Gordon, fine artist and founder of Morphē Arts, gave on this subject a number of years ago.) What do we mean when we say ‘beautiful’? How have concepts of beauty changed through the years and how today do we make sense of such things in…

Has Art Ever Been All About Beauty?

The Wall Street Journal recently posted an opinion article titled Remember When Art Was Supposed to be Beautiful with the subheading Contemporary art is obsessed with the politics of race, gender and sexuality. This rant-like post has elicited quite a response through social media, many sharing the article as authentication of their struggle with (or…