Akin Projects has invited a special group of Toronto artists to help support our non-profit and community programming initiatives with a new set of limited-edition art prints!
Six artworks were produced in archival pigment print editions of 20 to benefit Akin Projects. Each print is 11"x14". They are available now on our online store and at Edition International Art Book Fair, October 28-31 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Each print is available for a $125 contribution, or the entire collection can be purchased for a special price of $500. Akin Projects can also arrange to have your print(s) framed.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE AN EDITION AND SUPPORT AKIN PROJECTS
Or come and see the prints in person at Edition! Toronto's International Art Book fair, October 28-31 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We are at table # 39!
For more information or to make a contribution please contact Michael Vickers at email@example.com.
World of Threads Festival 2016
We are excited to announce Festival 2016, featuring 315 artworks by 134 artists from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, China, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine and USA.
The biennial World of Threads Festival is a showcase of local, national and international contemporary fibre and textile art. It’s based in Oakville, Ontario and attracts visitors from around the world. It began in 1994. The festival is organized and curated by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate and also features guest curators. The main festival venue is Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville.
Reserve Your Spot on the Bus. Book Now!
Both tour buses visit all three festival exhibitions.
Bus 1: Saturday Oct 29th 2016: Includes the Festival Opening Reception at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Oakville.
Bus 2: Sunday Oct 30th, 2016: Includes the Living Arts Centre Opening Reception.
Departure Time: 12:00 noon Return Time: 6 pm
Please ensure that you get to the departure point by 11:40 am as the bus will be leaving promptly at 12:00 pm.
Meeting Place: 401 Richmond Street West. (Just east of Spadina)
Pay in Advance through PayPay or by bank E-Transfer
To register send the following info to Dawne Rudman: First and Last Name, Email, Number of Guests, Your Telephone Number and Bus 1 or Bus 2.
Click here to pay: http://worldofthreadsfestival.com/donate.html
Featuring the talents of Akin Collective members Erin Candela and Natalie Waddell, the FUSION Clay and Glass show opens tonight! Celebrate great craft in Canada at Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street) from 6-9pm! Click here to RSVP.
Friday, October 14th, 6-9pm
Saturday, October 15th, 8am-5pm
Sunday, October 16th, 12-5pm
Fall classes begin next Tuesday at ARTiculations! Register today! See information below.
The courses run 4 weeks in length, are 3hrs per session and are taught by practicing artists.
Introduction to Screenprinting (4wks)
Tuesday October 18th 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT 14th *4 spots available
Modern Brush Calligraphy (4wks)
Tuesday October 18th 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT 14th *2 spots available
Monoprint – with water soluble media (4wks)
Thursday October 20th 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -or- 6:30-9:30pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT 17th
Abstract Acrylic Painting – Techniques (4wks) *DAYTIME
Friday October 21st 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT 18th *4 spots available
Watercolour Intensive: Autumn Landscapes
Saturday October 22nd 2016, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT 18th
*NEW* Drawing Together (Single Session)
Tuesday October 25th 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Absolute Beginner Drawing (4wks)
Wednesday October 26th 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT 23rd *4 spots available
Michael Harding Oil Paints + New Wave Palette with Keita Morimoto *FREE*
Saturday November 5th 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Pre-registration required. Limited seating
GOLDEN Acrylic Lecture /Demo with artist Bianka Guna *FREE*
Sunday November 6th 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Pre-registration required. Limited seating
The Akin Projects board of directors and staff is pleased to announce the launch of our new website AkinProjects.org!
Featuring workshop and event listings, community programs, an image gallery, online store and much more. This is the new home for Akin Projects as we continue to grow and evolve.
Akin has offered free and low-cost public arts and community programming for almost 5 years to (literally!) thousands of individuals.
If we have ever helped teach you how to get an arts grant, guided you around galleries across the city, helped you and your family explore your creative side or if you have attended any of our events over the years, please consider giving back.
With your help, we can continue to have a significant positive impact on our city through the arts.
Thank you for your support. We wouldn't be where we are without you, and can't wait to show you what we have planned for the future!
Love, The Akin Projects Team
ps. Be sure to visit our online shop! Proceeds from all sales go to directly to supporting our initiatives.
Akin Collective + Akin Projects are excited to introduce the Vitrine Gallery, a recent addition to our Dupont studios. This miniature gallery will feature the diverse talent of our members with a new installation each month.
Our first exhibition, SAT.00001 runs for the month of October, and features brand new sculptural work by Chris Harms.
Chris has been a member of Akin Collective since 2013. His vibrant and elegant sculptures are made with hand-cut plexiglass. Harnessing light and colour, Chris’ work is intended to build a feeling of expansion and possibility, and functions as an exploration of space and physicality through his own aesthetic sensibilities.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Queers for Dinner is an inclusive social community which brings together LGBTQ people and allies to enjoy good food and meet amazing people! Making new friends is about to get a whole lot tastier!
Volunteer Opportunities: Seeking Queer Foodies
If you love food, and spending time with other amazing queer folks Queers for Dinner would love to have you volunteer! They are currently recruiting volunteers to help come up with ideas and plan future events. They are also looking for folks who'd be interested in helping out on the day of the events as Hosts. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and to apply visit the Get Involved page.
Upcoming Events: Cooking Classes + Dinner (Sat Oct. 15)
In partnership with FABARNAK Community Cafe Queers for Dinner is offering an evening of Cooking Classes + Dinner. Guided by a professional chef, you'll take part in a two-hour cooking class where you'll learn new recipes and cooking skills. Following the class you'll enjoy the meal you prepared with your fellow chefs. Tickets are also available for folks who want to join for dinner-only. Click here to sign up and purchase your tickets. Space is limited!
$25 - Cooking Classes + Dinner
$15 - Dinner-Only
Don't forget to join the Queers for Dinner Facebook group to get invites to all upcoming events.
Saturday October 22 / 1-4pm / Join Xpace Cultural Centre's Director and Programming Coordinators for a workshop focusing on the planning and writing of exhibition proposals. The workshop will cover:
-Support material (documentation and file organization)
Staff will be available for one-on-one meetings after the workshop to provide feedback on partial or completed project proposals.
FREE with registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fall-proposal-workshop-tickets-28429352960
Upcoming submission deadlines at Xpace:
Where is home? (deadline October 15, 2016, 11:59pm)
VPN to IRL (deadline November 1, 2016, 11:59pm)
to hope (deadline December 30, 2016, 11:59pm)
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 12 – 5 PM | FREE
Tour starts at the Koffler Gallery (at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street) and then departs for Blackwood Gallery, AGYU, and Doris McCarthy Gallery, returning to Shaw Street at 5 PM. Seating is limited.
Please RSVP by Friday, October 14, 2016 to: Sarah Munro / email@example.com
Check out these great pics taken by SNAP Bloor West of the Akin + Xpace Artist Garage Sale!
About the Event:
Artists and creative professionals gathered at Xpace Cultural Centre on August 27, 2016 for an artist garage sale! This was the perfect time to sell art pieces, supplies or equipment. The Akin + Xpace Artist Garage Sale was a terrific opportunity for artists to clear out their workspaces and sell or trade old pieces and gently used supplies with colleagues and the public. Tables were free and it was a great place to pick up creative supplies and affordable artwork!
Shut Up and Write, Saturday October 8, 2016 (Central Toronto) (The group meets every Saturday at 2pm)
Originating in San Francisco, Shut Up and Write meet ups place the typically solitary activity of writing into a more social space. Here, everyone writes and there are no audiences. We’re all practicing peers, regardless of our credentials, our chosen genres and whether we self-identify as writers.
THE DRILL: We gather in a café with our laptops and/or notebooks and pens. We each have something we need to write, whether that be a blog post, a funding proposal, an essay, part of a novel or a script or a thesis, etc. We write for 25 mins at a time, with social breaks in between.
THE TIME: 2 pm to 5 pm. Arrive and leave whenever you like.
THE VENUE: We’ll be meeting at The Croissant Tree, 625 Church Street. This venue is wheelchair accessible, with wifi. There are some power outlets (if you’re using a laptop, it’s still best to charge it beforehand).
This session is hosted by Akin Collective member Tom Cho.
Hope to see you at an event some time!
Do you have what it takes? Submit your project for the 2017 Installation Zone!
The Artist Project is celebrating its 10th show in February 2017 and we are inviting artists to submit projects for the Installation Zone special exhibit. The Installation Zone features large-scale sculpture, conceptual art, performance art and installations. Selected installation artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work for FREE at the 2017 fair! This amazing experience offers installation and performance artists the chance for exposure to an art-loving audience at a professional-level art fair. Additionally, they can enjoy the perks of being an Artist Project artist while connecting with an incredible network of talented and supportive artists and collectives working in a variety of media. Click here for more information.
Submission Deadline: November 4, 2016
Location: ground floor vestibule entrance to Toronto Arts Council/Toronto Arts Foundation (second floor) and Downtown Montessori Child Learning Centre (first floor). Entrance is a high traffic indoor space (length:11’8” x width:”7’11” x height:11’3”) including an elevator door.
Purpose of Commission:
Completed works of art will:
- Demonstrate artistic excellence
- Be reflective of the community
- Be safe for the public
- Be durable and easily maintained
- Be appropriate for the location.
- Proposal outline
An outline of the proposed concept (1 page). Indicate your approach to art-making, stating how you will interpret the space, which materials and equipment will be used, size of the finished work, how much and how the work would be installed/painted.
- Current Resumé
Maximum three pages focusing on experience directly relevant to the project. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If multiple artists are involved, include each artist’s resumé and indicate one contact person.
- Support Material
A maximum of 10 digital image files are permitted for artists and artist teams and 1 page support material list.Digital images must be PC-compatible in JPG, 72 dpi and no larger than 2 MB each. Including mock-ups of proposed project is considered an asset, but not required. Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions. Name Images: 01_lastname_firstname
- Additional Requirements
- The mural may not contain any advertising
- Artists are responsible for all materials and equipment on site
- Artists will be required to maintain a clean and safe working environment at all times
- Artists must use paint that is low VOC, and make sure all materials are child friendly and are for indoor use
- Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the proposal deadline.
The total budget for the commission is $5,000 plus HST. The commission budget must include all costs required to design, fabricate and install the project. Please consider any technical requirements such as a scissor lift (if required).
Selection Criteria and Process
All proposals will be evaluated based on creativity of approach, experience, qualifications and previous works. An internal TAC/TAF jury will make up the selection committee.
Following selection of the artist(s), a mock-up of the final design must be presented for approval prior to installation. TAC has the right to refuse the final design.
Ownership of work
Following completion of the work TAC will have complete ownership and responsibility for the maintenance of the work. TAC has the right to remove or paint over the work at any time.
Site visits during regular business hours can be arranged with Peter Kingstone firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 392 6802 x208
Mail Submissions to:
Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Danielle Bessada, Mike Chmil
Gallery on Wade
October 7th - 29th, 2016
Opening Reception October 7, 6-10pm.
Ever been to that parkade at Big Gulp and Comet?
Passed twelve thirteen by the breakwater, just about a straight line, walking
Somewhere between Palais Royale and the Country Style with the living roof.
Front entrance is out of service for shifting brickwork, but the pulleys work,
they take debit and lay down feather like, centre left of the key.
With panel season just around the corner, get out while you want.
You don’t have to feel guilty man.
Text by: Patrick LaMarre
Submission Deadline: November 16, 2016 by 5pm
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invites photographic artists to submit proposals for the 2017 Featured Exhibition programme.
The Featured Exhibitions category showcases high-calibre exhibitions and recognizes outstanding photo-based projects. These exhibitions are highlighted prominently in the Festival's programming and communications, including the CONTACT magazine, website, and newsletter. Featured Exhibitions benefit from promotion and coverage through CONTACT's extensive public relations initiatives and draw significant attention to the artists and venues involved.
CONTACT welcomes submissions from emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian and international artists and curators. The call is open to proposals for solo or group exhibitions on any subject matter, and to all photo-based practices. To be eligible, shows must take place for a minimum of two weeks during the month of May 2017, and must have a confirmed exhibition space.
Please submit the following by email as a zipped folder (no larger than 8MB) or by file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer or Dropbox) to email@example.com.
- 10 images representing the specific project you wish to present. Image files must be in jpeg format and no larger than 1024 pixels wide.
- An image list indicating artist name, title, medium, dimensions in inches, and year for each image.
- One-page exhibition summary outlining your concept and content. Please include exhibition title, dates, name of exhibiting artist(s), and gallery/venue name.
- A curriculum vitae or biography of the artist(s).
- Contact information including name, address, telephone, and email for the main exhibition contact person. Please note you must designate one person as the primary point of contact.
A registration fee applies:
Early Registration - available until November 7, 2016.
$275 + HST
Regular Registration - takes effect November 8, 2016.
$350 + HST
- We do not accept hard copy submissions
- Incomplete submissions will not be accepted or reviewed
- Priority is given to works that have not yet been exhibited in Toronto
- Priority is given to those presenting in professional spaces
- The exhibition space must hold public viewing hours
- Decision letters with be sent out in mid-December 2016
The Gattuso Prize
Featured Exhibitions are eligible for The Gattuso Prize, a $5,000 award that acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in the Festival. Selected by a jury, the award decision is based on the calibre and concept of the work, the curatorial vision, and the overall impact and presentation of the exhibition.
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography. In 2017, CONTACT’s core programming will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Saturday October 15, 2016 / 12pm-3pm at Akin Lansdowne, 87 Wade Ave, Studio 101
Make mini zine! At this hands-on workshop we will introduce participants to zines and zine culture. You will be shown a simple method for designing and creating an 8-page mini zine and then create your own. Materials will be provided and lots of zines will be on hand for inspiration!
Everyone welcome. $5 to participate. Limited seats available, reserve your spot here: https://www.universe.com/zineworkshop
Zine originals will be left with us after the workshop. We will make 5 copies of the zine for you. You can come to pick up your zine copies and original later in the week or they will be mailed to you for the price of postage.
This is a special event for in preparation for Edition Art Book Fair. Everyone will get 5 copies of their zine to keep, sell or give away. We will also make 5 copies of Akin Collective member’s zines to bring to Edition Art Book Fair as a part of a special limited edition collection. Proceeds from the sale of the special collection at the book fair will go to support Akin Projects’ art initiatives such as events, workshops, collaborative projects and community outreach. For more info visit www.akinprojects.org
Materials will be provided but feel free to bring:
• Any images you want to use. High contrast black and white is best. Each page of the zine is 2.75” x 4.25”.
• Black and white mark making materials (pens, pencils, inks, stamps etc)
• Books or magazines for cut and paste
• Drinks and snacks
What is a zine?
A zine (pronounced “zeen”) is an independently published, small circulation book, magazine or other object printed in multiples. A zine can be any size, and be about anything and created by anyone in any format.
Come carve with us!
Thursday, October 20: 6-9pm / AKIN Dufferin- 444 Dufferin St. Unit E
You want to make a Jack-o’-lantern but rather than do it at home alone in your underwear watching Netflix - let's all get together and Akin can handle the hassle.
Reserve yourself a spot and get yourself a lil' pumpkin and candle at the party $5. Space is limited, reserve your seat here: https://www.universe.com/pumpkinparty
We'll have your pumpkin ready for you, some cold beverages in the studio, and pumpkin spice everything. Please bring your own carving items.
Note: All welcome:
Pumpkins large and pumpkins small,
Pumpkins short and pumpkins tall,
Pumpkins yellow and pumpkins green,
Pumpkins dull and those with sheen.
Presented by DeSerres, UNTAPPED is dedicated to supporting the development of students, recent graduates and self-taught artists. This juried competition awards emerging artists a free space to exhibit and sell work to over 15,000 gallerists, collectors and art enthusiasts. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to kick start your career and get noticed in the art world! Click here for application info. Must enter by October 31, 2016.
Now at Akin Lansdowne in studio 101 - The Northern Beaver Gallery is a tiny gallery inside a Canadian-made Beaver vending machine. Original, collectible artist editions are sold for just a toonie. See more at www.artvendu.com.
Curated by Rebecca Jane Houston, an Akin Lansdowne member. All proceeds go to participating artists.