Akin Artist Designed Fundraiser T-Shirts: Available now for pre-order!

Introducing two new limited edition t-shirts designed by artists Billy Franklin of Akin Dupont and Cierra Frances Akin Sunrise. Available in five sizes and made of high Quality 100% soft spun cotton, the sale of these shirts will go to support our not-for-profit organization Akin Projects. Available for pre-order now in our online shop at www.akinprojects.bigcartel.com

Akin X Billy Franklin

Focusing on hard lines, bold colours and clean typography, Billy’s work is easily recognizable. He is influenced by late 90’s skateboard graphics and cartoons from his childhood. Franklin’s work is humorous and witty, sure to draw in his audience with his clever perspective.

Akin X Cierra Frances

Cierra Frances is an interdisciplinary, Toronto-based artist and arts administrator whose work consists of various explorations of material and techniques in painting, drawing and printmaking. Her artist practice focuses on biracial identity and "Eurasian" culture found through her Filipino ancestry. Her research is deeply rooted in Filipino History dating back to Spanish Colonialism to current days and addresses subconscious colourism in Asian culture.

These limited edition shirts will also be available for purchase or pick-up at Edition Toronto the second annual Toronto international art book fair October 27–30, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Use code EDITIONPICKUP to pick up at Edition and avoid the shipping fee.

Special requests or questions? Email michael@akincollective.com
Thank you to Peace And Cotton Inc. for their help with this special project.

Amanda Wand and the Akin Vitrine Gallery


The Akin Vitrine Gallery is excited to present new work by Dufferin studio artist, Amanda Wand! This work will be on view for the month of October.

Amanda Wand’s new work, Emotional Acceptance, is a true representation of allowing and accepting all emotions. No emotions are good nor bad, they just are. She wants to provide a space for people to feel reassured that everyone is battling their emotions in different ways and that is what creates a beautiful social human experience. She uses the gallery space to bring together people who are mindful of social justice, and who can benefit from artwork that provides healing, inspiration, and empowerment. This show is about honestly accepting how you feel and taking the time to appreciate your feelings and how they shape you as a human being.

Mando, also known as Amanda Wand, is a Toronto based abstract artist. She allows herself to be guided by what she’s feeling, creating pieces that are imbued with emotion. The process of each piece is of utmost importance to Mando, as she wants the artwork to represent the wide range of human emotions we all possess. She finds inspiration in communicating the difficulties of processing social inequality in the world. 

Using her artwork as a reminder for everyone that it is imperative that we pause, reflect, and allow ourselves to express our emotions in order to move forward. Her artwork is the most honest representation of herself and she hopes to inspire moments of introspection in others as she finds the process of creation as a form of survival.

The Akin Vitrine Gallery is located at the Clock Factory Building at 1485 Dupont Street (entrance on Campbell Avenue). Find Akin Studio 215 on the second floor and follow the sign into the hallway around the corner.

The building is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, or to arrange a viewing outside of those hours please contact the artist: mando@mandoandtheworld.com

website: www.mandoandtheworld.com
instagram: @mandoandtheworld

Akin Announces Two New Studio Locations

Akin is thrilled to announce the launch of two new studio locations - Akin St. Clair (1747 St. Clair Avenue West) and Akin River (77 River Street).

This exciting expansion will increase Akin’s size to approximately 27,000 square feet of studio space serving nearly 250 artists, enabling it to address the ever-increasing scarcity of affordable workspace in our city. Both locations will open in October 2017. 

77 River St. / 7 Labatt Ave, 1919. Photo credit: Urban Toronto

77 River St. / 7 Labatt Ave, 1919. Photo credit: Urban Toronto

In addition to its fourteen current studios located at 444 Dufferin Street, 87 Wade Avenue, 100 Sunrise Avenue, 1485 Dupont Street and 888 Dupont Street, Akin's new spaces will offer a range of affordable studios in various sizes between 20-150 sqft in two new neighbourhoods.

Akin will also begin to develop programming specific to these neighbourhoods as a part of our 2017/2018 programming calendar in addition to our current range of free or low-cost workshops, studio critiques, gallery crawls, community programs and skill shares. 

We strive to ensure that there is always studio space for artists and creatives of all kinds and at all levels across our city while engaging, connecting and educating communities through art.

All rentals include 24/7 access to the studios, taxes, insurance, wifi, access to communal working areas as well as storage, kitchen, and bathroom. Both locations are easily accessible by subway, streetcar, bus, bike, or car.

1747 St. Clair Ave West- formerly Don's Meats. Found image.  

1747 St. Clair Ave West- formerly Don's Meats. Found image.

For more information, pricing inquiries, to book a tour or to share ideas, please get in touch! 


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