CENTRAL Station, the Glasgow-based social network for art, has released a table book celebrating its remarkable success so far.
Featuring original art from some of the site’s 120,000 members, the book pulls together creative talent from around the world and includes expert articles reflecting on the development of the network and of social media more generally.
Launched in 2009 with funding from Channel 4 and Creative Scotland, Central Station aims to showcase great art, but moreover, to promote collaboration and interaction, inspire new content and deliver innovative funding solutions.
Today, it is home to 35,000 works of art, submitted by members in 4,000 cities.
It also hosts: Collections, featuring art from British Council and Turner Prize-winning talent such as Gillian Wearing; Member Fund, providing micro-grants without the red tape; a Portfolio showcase for aspiring talent; along with blogs, events, discussions and opportunities for collaboration.
Damien Smith, Central Station founding producer, said: “The first phase of Central Station has been quite a journey. From a relatively modest initial concept it has grown into a dynamic platform shaped by the thousands of members who have become a part of it.
“The site recognises a gap: new and emergent talent are looking to find their way in the world and need a space where they can make connections, find opportunities and promote themselves.
“It’s a space that takes creative work seriously and has tangible results, such as new work and activity, in the physical world as well as the virtual space.
“As we enter the second phase of the project, our ultimate aim is unchanged: to continue to contribute to an ever-changing cultural landscape.”
Limited edition copies of the book are now available for purchase, and a free electronic version can be downloaded for print.
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