Akin is thrilled to announce their expansion into the east end of Toronto with the launch of a new studio and its first dedicated programming space as an anchor tenant of the mixed-use building at 100 Sunrise Avenue.
Expanding on its eleven current studios located at 444 Dufferin Street (Queen & Dufferin), 87 Wade Avenue (Lansdowne & Bloor) and 1485 Dupont Street (Dupont & Symington), Akin's new spaces will offer larger, more private studios in addition to its smaller, more affordable options- including continuing to offer 24/7 shared studio access to artists and creatives at $60/month.
Akin will expand its operations within the building immediately where it will also widen many of its programming initiatives into the city's east end including skill shares, studio critiques, gallery crawls, and its Forge Professional Workshop Series. This exciting expansion will increase Akin’s size to approximately 20,000sq feet of studio space enabling it to meet the ever-increasing demand for affordable artist studios and creative workspace across the city, and offer free public programming in new neighbourhoods. Other exciting plans for our latest space include local and international artist residencies, a community gallery, youth programming and much more.
Since opening its first modest space 8 years ago, Akin has striven to make being an artist in the city a more a fun and financially viable vocation. Now more than ever, we feel our role is an important one for Toronto's cultural community and our artists. Akin's new 'Akin Sunrise' location will be easily accessible by subway, streetcar, bus, bike, or car. By transit, visitors can access the studios by a short bus ride from Woodbine TTC station. All rentals include 24/7 access to the studios, taxes, insurance, wifi, access to communal working areas as well as storage, kitchen, and bathroom.
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