Sputnik Faith and Arts Jonny Mellor

Jonny Mellor

Jonny Mellor is a rapper, a writer, and the director of Sputnik.

— Fri 29 Nov, 2019

When Yeezus turned to Jesus: Why ‘Jesus is King’ is not a blueprint for Christian art

'Jesus is King' is enjoyable, but shouldn't be read as an encouragement to Christians to fill their art with explicitly Christian content. There's more going on here than meets the eye.

— Wed 27 Nov, 2019

Don’t Forget, Your Collaborators are as Important as Your Audience

We're often conscious of our relationship with our audience, but the people we work with along the way are just as important.

— Wed 13 Nov, 2019

When Yeezus Turned to Jesus: The bigger picture behind ‘Jesus is King’

Kanye West's new album 'Jesus is King' is not an isolated event, but part of a growing leaning towards Christianity in hip hop, the most popular musical genre worldwide.

— Thu 21 Mar, 2019

Spring 2019: What’s been happening in the Sputnik Hubs?

We've brought together over 100 artists this Spring, for camaraderie, critique and collaboration.

— Thu 27 Dec, 2018

The Sputnik 2018 Review

— Thu 13 Dec, 2018

When good intentions create bad art

Purpose driven lives are commendable. Purpose driven art doesn’t work.

— Wed 05 Dec, 2018

Everything Conference 2018

Jonny reports on Everything’s annual encouragement towards cultural renewal

— 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

— Wed 29 Aug, 2018

Escaping our siege mentality and sharing the richness of the world outside

Why the story of 2 Kings 7 makes a surprising analogy for the church today

— Wed 23 May, 2018

Art and the Church: A Third Way

Some more wisdom from Ally Gordon.

— Wed 16 May, 2018

Why Should The Church Care About The Arts?

A webinar on the importance of the arts for churches

— Fri 13 Apr, 2018

Artists Shouldn’t Rely on Inspiration

We can't rely on moments of inspiration to create, so what should we do?

— Thu 01 Mar, 2018

Thoughts from Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Gilead’: The Beauty in Mortality and Impermanence

Marilynne Robinson gives us a glimpse of the epicness of this fleeting life

— Tue 23 Jan, 2018

The Financial Insecurity of Artists Debunks the Myth of Self-Sufficiency

Financial insecurity is a challenge for many artists, but it can also be a blessing, according to fine artist Duncan Stewart.

— Fri 12 Jan, 2018

Would King David have watched Woody Allen films?

What do we do with great art made by not-so-great people?

— Wed 10 Jan, 2018

Huw Evans on the Dangers of Rhyme

Huw Evans delivers some helpful advice for poets.

— Fri 29 Dec, 2017

A Sputnik Review of 2017

A round up of what's been going on in and around Sputnik in 2017

— Fri 22 Dec, 2017

Profound Christmas Silliness

Tis the season to be jolly.

— Fri 27 Oct, 2017

Making Work That Requires Work

Making work that is difficult isn't necessarily being obscure or obtuse. It's what the prophets did.

— Tue 24 Oct, 2017

Interpreting The Times

Biblical prophets often interpreted deeper meanings in contemporary events. Artists do the same

— Tue 17 Oct, 2017

Ezekiel – The First Performance Artist?

Avanting the Avant Garde by 3000 years

— Fri 13 Oct, 2017

What Do We Do With The Old Testament Prophets?

Let's talk about prophetic art, and what better place to start than Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and the gang?

— Fri 22 Sep, 2017

But What Exactly Is Arts Patronage?

Patronage has played a role in the arts throughout history. If the church would like to contribute to our culture, that's a key place to start.

— Mon 18 Sep, 2017

Introducing Sputnik Patrons: 4 Projects to Support

The artists being supported in Sputnik Patron's inaugural year

— Tue 12 Sep, 2017

Introducing Sputnik Patrons

Why would a Christian give financially to the arts?

— Fri 18 Aug, 2017

Should Christians Be The Most Creative People On The Planet? (Remix)

Lessons from Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists

— Fri 11 Aug, 2017

Revisiting Beauty and Art: An Update From The Vatican

Exploring the relationship between art and beauty in Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists

— Fri 04 Aug, 2017

Show respect for your discipline, and nurture your craft

The importance of knowing the tradition you work in

— Fri 28 Jul, 2017

Living with integrity makes for great, influential artists

Why your life outside your art matters, as much as your work

— Tue 25 Jul, 2017

Kendrick, Chance & Christian Hip-Hop

What is going on with 2017's most respected and successful hip-hop artists?

— Fri 21 Jul, 2017

Forget about trying to change the world

Why intentionally 'changing the world' is complex and maybe impossible

— Fri 14 Jul, 2017

The case for Christians in positions of cultural influence

God's use of significant influencers in the Bible

— Fri 07 Jul, 2017

Are Christians Called To Influence Society?

How do we approach the idea of influence in our culture?

— Fri 09 Jun, 2017

Art As An Apologetic

Excellent artistic practice is a subtle nudge towards what we already know deep down

— Wed 07 Jun, 2017

Cultural Disengagement & A Thin View Of Sin

Why does the modern evangelical church produce so few artists of excellence?

— Fri 02 Jun, 2017

Having Fun & Learning From The Mardlins

Lessons from the Brum Sputnik Hub

— Fri 26 May, 2017

A Road Trip to The Holy Biscuit Study Day

Camaraderie, productive diversity, and oustanding art

— Fri 21 Apr, 2017

Tim Keller and Christian Realism

Should we be optimists or pessimists?

— Mon 17 Apr, 2017

Introducing The All New Mellor Band Classification System

A guide to getting to the next step as musicians

— Mon 10 Apr, 2017

Practice Makes Passable

To stand up in a local music scene, you have to practice regularly

— Fri 07 Apr, 2017

To Make Others Happy Through Music

The wisdom of John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

— Tue 14 Mar, 2017

Brum Sputnik Hub Review: Learning to Collaborate Well

Collaborating by ideas, execution or inspiration

— Tue 07 Feb, 2017

Learning from ‘Silence’: Rejection and Success Often Go Together

Accepting a mixed reaction to faithful, powerful art

— Fri 03 Feb, 2017

Learning From ‘Silence’: Asking Difficult Questions

Guiding our audience well through dangerous ideas

— Wed 01 Feb, 2017

Hans’s Little Green Book

The radical treatise of Rookmaaker's 'Art Needs No Justification'

— Wed 25 Jan, 2017

It’s Time To Knit Ourselves In Again!

A way to pull in close to church and push forward in artistic practice

— Fri 20 Jan, 2017

Beauty and Art – So What?

A recap of the ideas raised by our 'Beauty and Art' series

— Tue 17 Jan, 2017

Sputnik’s Long-Term Approach to Christianity and the Arts

Small encouragements and a long-term outlook

— Fri 30 Dec, 2016

Are Fireworks Art?

On some level, everyone knows art is not just about looking nice

— Tue 06 Dec, 2016

Why do we create? Lessons from the Bedford Sputnik Hub

Understanding different approaches to our art

— Tue 29 Nov, 2016

You don’t need to do it all on your own: lessons from the Brum Sputnik Hub.

Lessons from Stewart Garry's 'Sojourner' Q&A

— Wed 23 Nov, 2016

Sputnik Hubs Are The Future!

A new way to gather artists locally and regularly, to encourage and challenge each other

— Fri 18 Nov, 2016

When Christian Art is Pagan (And Pagan Art Becomes Christian)

The origins of supposedly 'safe' Christian art are often more complex than we think

— Wed 16 Nov, 2016

Doctor Strange: A Masterclass in Christian Film Making

Leading people to Jesus through the most unpromising of evangelistic source material

— Fri 11 Nov, 2016

How Should The Church Patronise Art? A Thought Experiment.

A thought experiment on Christian arts funding

— Thu 13 Oct, 2016

Catalyst Workplace Day: Game changer

Thinking through the place that work should have in our lives

— Mon 03 Oct, 2016

How do you make challenging art without causing people to stumble?

How to provoke, challenge and even offend in the right circumstances

— Tue 20 Sep, 2016

Scott Derrickson: a three-dimensional view on good and evil

Cinema that puts the spiritual powers at the forefront of life

— Tue 13 Sep, 2016

Flannery O’Connor, Disney and Ghibli?

Fiction that reinforces our sense of the supernatural

— Fri 09 Sep, 2016

Disney vs Ghibli: Can we have moral absolutes and nuanced characters?

Approaches to good and evil in animated cinema

— Fri 02 Sep, 2016

Solving Problems or Making Things New

Wisdom from Dorothy Sayers' 'The Mind of the Maker'

— Tue 09 Aug, 2016

Church Art Projects- A Bluffer’s Guide (Pt. 2)

The one question that stops most church art projects ever getting started

— Tue 02 Aug, 2016

Church Art Projects – A Bluffer’s Guide

How do you avoid the usual pitfalls and engage the whole church in an art project?

— Tue 19 Jul, 2016

Alan Scott and Swimming Against The Whirlpool

Fighting against the inward pull of the church

— Mon 11 Jul, 2016

Making Stuff, Not Just Talking About Stuff

The raison d'être of our Sputnikzone workshops

— Mon 04 Jul, 2016

The Work Behind The Work

Talking about the thought, practice and years of dedication that go into art

— Tue 21 Jun, 2016

Artists Are Awesome!

Celebrating their fanatical geekiness and skill at questioning everything

— Fri 17 Jun, 2016

madebymotive exhibition, Catalyst Festival 2016

The strategy behind our festival gallery

— Tue 14 Jun, 2016

A Bit Of Context…

Why we do what we do at Sputnik

— Tue 10 May, 2016

Family film nights that shape your children’s worldview!

Using all kinds of cinema as a positive influence on our children

— Fri 15 Apr, 2016

Shaping Art To Shape Lives

Loving Jesus and making stuff

— Fri 11 Mar, 2016

What Was It To Be Human? Another 3 Reasons Why I Loved Our Last Art Project

Helping Christians who aren't artistic to understand the importance of arts

— Tue 08 Mar, 2016

Should Christians watch horror movies?

Finding nuance beyond our knee-jerk responses

— Tue 08 Mar, 2016

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

We've helped churches engage with their local communities in new ways

— Tue 01 Mar, 2016

Artists As Servants: What I Learnt From The Circus

Joy, extraordinary skill and remarkable humility on display

— Wed 03 Feb, 2016

Art and Loving Your Locality

Celebrating the history and culture of your local community

— Wed 03 Feb, 2016

Schaeffer’s Staircase: Thought shapes art and art shapes life

How ideas are transmitted to our culture through art

— Wed 03 Feb, 2016

The Quickener- A Review

The wildly original, medieval hip-hop film from filmmaker Joel Wilson

— Wed 03 Feb, 2016

More from Catalyst Festival…

What's the role of performance in worship times?