How a Hub Works: the launch of Edinburgh Sputnik Hub

King’s Church, Edinburgh recently hosted their first Sputnik Hub gathering. We asked designer and Hub host Joanna Spreadbury to give us a rundown of the evening, as a way of looking at how a new Hub works.

On Friday 12th October we hosted a Sputnik Hub at King’s Church, Edinburgh.

Those arriving were from different churches around Edinburgh, with varying backgrounds in the arts and diverse interests in creative disciplines. We served a home-cooked meal and everyone ate and talked in various sofa/chair combinations, set up ready for the talk.

Jonny started the night off with an introduction into who Sputnik are and what we are aiming to do – I followed by welcoming everyone to the new Edinburgh Hub. I set out the vision for the Hub, with a desire to connect creatives who are Christian, encourage them, and offer an opportunity for critical reflection on their practice or work, as well as bring about a conversation about how God fuels creativity and how we can glorify Him in all things.

Stephanie Mann then took the floor. Having studied Sculpture at the Edinburgh College of Art and continuing to do a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice, Stephanie’s work is broad, colourful and often playful. Mann is a practicing visual artist, based in Edinburgh, and we were delighted to hear about the range of work she has produced including spoken word, film, graphic prints, paintings and sculpture. The diversity of her practice made for an engaging talk, particularly in relation to how her gut instincts act as a crucial role in the production of her work. Mann’s deep insights alongside humorous comments fed into thought-provoking questions from those attending and a dynamic discussion from many people followed.

We then split into discipline groups: Visual Arts, Writers and Misc. (the miscellaneous group being a wider range of creatives including rappers and broadcasters); opening up a space for those attending to share their work, ask for advice, offer an insight into their creative practice and opinions, as well as hearing about other peoples’ work. These groups of 6-8 created a relaxed environment to talk about how peoples’ faith works through their work, and we ended the night with prayer in these groups, lifting up our work to God from whom all our creativity comes.

The next Edinburgh Sputnik Hub will be towards the end of this year; keep an eye on our Facebook group for more information.

Read More

Sputnik Faith and Arts Art is a way to get to know the world: Sharon Boothroyd at the Brum Sputnik Hub

Thu 18 Oct, 2018

Art is a way to get to know the world: Sharon Boothroyd at the Brum Sputnik Hub

Allowing our practice to teach us, change us and even make us more Christ-like

Sputnik Faith and Arts A primer on faith and the arts from hyperrealist painter Alastair Gordon

Fri 07 Sep, 2018

A primer on faith and the arts from hyperrealist painter Alastair Gordon

Watch Alastair's interview at Catalyst Festival on the value of Christians in the arts

Sputnik Faith and Arts How I learned that God is waiting to celebrate and display our art

Thu 23 Aug, 2018

How I learned that God is waiting to celebrate and display our art

My discovery that my creative contribution is commissioned, and valued, by God

Sputnik Faith and Arts ‘Bad’ Language: Communicating in a Profane World

Tue 24 Jul, 2018

‘Bad’ Language: Communicating in a Profane World

As we create work that communicates effectively, we must be able to use the language of the world we live in.

Sputnik Faith and Arts Reflections on Stagewrite 2018

Wed 11 Jul, 2018

Reflections on Stagewrite 2018

We were delighted to support Stagewrite 2018 through our patrons scheme. Phil Mardlin tells us how it went.

Sputnik Faith and Arts ‘Bad’ Language: CS Lewis and the F-Word

Wed 11 Jul, 2018

‘Bad’ Language: CS Lewis and the F-Word

Can Christians be justified in using 'bad' language in their art? Huw Evans explores CS Lewis' example.