The Collective: A network of creatives together
King's exists to make disciples of Jesus that...
WHY does the Collective exist?
WHAT will we focus on?
1. Aim for excellence
To regularly encourage, provoke and critique each other, as part of aiming for excellence in our respective crafts. This doesn’t mean that we are all going to be at the forefronts of our industries, but it does mean a commitment over time to becoming the best we can be.
2. ‘Everyone a witness’
We’re all called to witness about what Jesus has done in our lives and using our art as part of this process is a powerful way to positively shape culture. The Collective will provoke each other to help shape culture. This might involve joining a club, going to poetry nights, or putting your work into an exhibition.
3. Make disciples
This value needs to run through the other two, aforementioned values. This will look like the more mature artists coming alongside the less experienced, in order to coach and encourage. It will involve us all learning from each other and being intentional about drawing others into the mix. For example, an experienced poet could take a less experienced poet to a poetry night; showing them the ropes and helping them grow in their talents.
HOW will we achieve that?
1. Collective Hubs
What is the purpose of a Hub?
Hubs enable us to create opportunities where we can gather together with the express purpose of getting to know each other better, while at the same time helping each other to better understand what it looks like to put the Collective values into practice.
What will a Hub look like?
1) Meet around once a term in one of our homes. Always including food!
2) Invite all the Christian creatives we know.
3) Discuss stuff that is particularly relevant to the intersection of our art and faith.
4) Have opportunities to showcase our work, allowing it to be critiqued.
5) Pray for each other.
Who is invited to a Hub?
Painters, actors, poets, photographers, designers, illustrators, sculptors, musicians etc.
2. Collective Workshops
What is the purpose of a Workshop?
To gather creatives together for the purpose of growing, learning and aiming for excellence.
What will a Workshop look like?
This could be a group of creatives coming together in order to create something along a specific theme. These could be creatives that share one discipline, or could even be a mixture of disciplines.
This could also include someone demonstrating a particular element of their craft, followed by everyone else giving it a go. This would be particularly practical and may be more suited towards individual creative disciplines.
3. Collective Projects
The collaborative project of several creatives, which may be for King’s, for an exhibition, or for personal reasons.