The arts.

A divisive couple of words. To some, the highest point of human existence; the potential cure to all the world’s ills. To others, simply life’s window dressing – sometimes pleasant, largely peripheral and often annoying.

One of Catalyst’s core values is mission – helping people to be a blessing in every part of our society, using their skills and passions for the common good. That includes the arts – and while they clearly aren’t the final answer, they have an importance that goes beyond making things look a bit prettier.

Whether you’re an artist, an artistic enthusiast or someone who, to put it bluntly, have never really ‘got’ art, the arts or artists, this short video may be of help to you. It was recorded at a recent gathering of about 40 artists from Catalyst churches in Birmingham, and in it I suggest why the arts should be important to us as Christians.

If you’d like to make this a little more practical, Sputnik are putting on another art project, in collaboration with the Catalyst Festival that you can get involved with. If you’re a visual artist, a musician or a writer, and would like to see your work exhibited at the festival and then in three public exhibitions throughout the rest of the year (in Birmingham, Coventry and South East London) then click here, and get creating.

By Jonny Mellor

Jonny Mellor

Jonny is an elder at ChurchCentral in Birmingham, and leads Sputnik, a project dedicated to showcasing and supporting art with a Christian worldview. He is married to Jemma and they have three children.