Re-reading Schaeffer

It’s been over thirty years since I last read Francis Schaeffer’s The God Who Is There. Given that Schaeffer’s views and the book are part of the founding mythos of Sputnik I thought I should give it another read. I was interested to see whether the book was still relevant fifty years after it was…

Art As An Apologetic

Why should we care about the arts? What is their unique contribution to humanity? And even more importantly, what is their worth for those of us who follow Jesus?  These are questions that are asked by artist and non-artist alike. Artists, often questioning whether it’s worth bothering with the graft, both physical and emotional, that…

Cultural Disengagement & A Thin View Of Sin

Why does the modern evangelical church produce so few artists of excellence? Just to clarify- there are certainly artists who are Christians practising at the highest level in the arts (Scott Derrickson, David Eugene Edwards, Sufjan Stevens, Makoto Fujimura, Lecrae, Milton Jones, Michelle Williams, Frederick Buechner, etc). However, two things are noticeable. Firstly, there aren’t…

A Road Trip to The Holy Biscuit Study Day

I first visited the Holy Biscuit back in July 2015, to set up the Newcastle leg of our WhatIsItToBeHuman? exhibition tour. It was clear from our first email exchanges that these guys knew what they were up to, and the space worked perfectly for the exhibition. Therefore, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity…

An Interview With the Perfect Summer Band

Have you noticed the days elongating in a very satisfying manner? Wouldn’t it be good if there was some new music to accompany this happy seasonal change? Well, rarely are a band as well named as Midsummer. The Mellor family has just been on holiday and Midsummer’s new album ‘The Stories You Tell’ even managed…

Bedford Hub Report: What Is A Professional Artist?

So we kicked off Bedford’s second Sputnik Hub a few weeks ago and had a great time. A passionate group that included actors, visual artists and poets spent a good few hours debating the issue of ‘professional’ work. Now I love a good debate and I’ll talk about what came out of that discussion in…

Pip Piper: The Dog & The Hippo

If you’ve been checking out the blog over the last week or so, you’ll be up to date with Pip Piper’s past– the journeys he’s been on and some of the lessons he’s learnt along the way. To finish our interview, I wanted to find out a bit more about the present and future for…

Pip Piper on Art, Faith & Church

Following on from last week’s introduction to Pip Piper, today we continue our interview with the Birmingham based film maker, focusing on art, faith and church and how the three can combine. What lessons have you learnt about living out the duality of being a Christian and being an artist? The simple answer is, there…

Introducing Film Maker Pip Piper

One of my favourite mornings of 2017 so far was spent having brunch with Pip Piper. Pip is a Brum based film maker (with an imdb profile and everything), and I knew a bit of his story already. However, I’d never properly picked his brains before- and what brains they were to pick! I was hugely impressed…

When Bad Things Happen To Bad People (And We Enjoy Watching)

Earlier this year, Richard Spencer was punched in the head whilst being interviewed at the Trump inauguration in Washington DC. The clip soon went viral, with a number of people praising the attack and circulating musical remixes, among them rapper Killer Mike and comedian Tim Heidecker. For those who were aware of Spencer’s status as the…