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Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides affordable studio space as well as arts-based programming through it's sister non-profit organization, Akin Projects. Our studios provide a working environment that maintains a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. We build community through monthly art critiques, workshops, open studio events, gallery tours, exhibitions, as well as various other art projects.
Check our calendar, blog, or Facebook group for events, programming and other projects.
Interested in shared or dedicated membership at Akin? Get in touch to book a tour!
Please note that the studios are only available for tours that are scheduled in advance. We'd love to show you around, but want to make sure we're there!
Akin Dupont: 1485 Dupont Street (Dupont & Symington)
Akin King: 511, 525 and 527 King Street West (King & Spadina)
Akin Lansdowne: 87 Wade Avenue (Lansdowne & Bloor)
Akin Ossington (light industrial studios): 888 Dupont St (Dupont & Ossington)
Akin River: 7 Labatt Ave (Dundas & River)
Akin St Clair: 1747 St. Clair Avenue West (St Clair & Keele)
Akin Studio Program at MOCA: 158 Sterling Road (Junction Triangle)
Akin Sunrise: 100 Sunrise Ave (Victoria Park & Eglinton)
Prices include: taxes, insurance, wifi, utilities, 24/7 access as well as use of industrial shelving units, washroom, communal working areas, and kitchen.
Shared membership: starting at $70/month
perfect for designers, location-independents, web developers, time-based media artists
Dedicated membership: $100 - $1000/month
perfect for painters, illustrators, sculptors, printmakers, installation artists, fashion designers
Common studio sizes and prices at Akin:
25sf - $165/mth
50sf - $258/mth
75sf - $350/mth
100sf - $433/mth
150sf - $561/mth
There is a higher rent at Akin Ossington studios at Dupont and Ossington (888 Dupont St) which are our studios for light industrial creative use and include access to a spray booth.
Prices at Akin Ossington:
25sf - 196$/mth
50sf - 309$/mth
75sf - 422$/mth
100sf - 520$/mth
150sf - 675$/mth
Akin was founded in 2008 by artist Oliver Pauk and furniture designer Michael Dellios. Initially set up as a small studio in a loft on Queen Street West for a group of friends, the organization soon moved to a larger space at Akin Dufferin in order to serve more artists as it became clear that there was a great demand for affordable workspace in Toronto. The next locations to open were Akin Lansdowne in 2010, Akin Dupont in 2015 and Akin Sunrise in 2016. Since then Akin has continued to expand and is now the largest provider of shared studio space in Toronto. With the addition of Akin Ossington, Akin St Clair and Akin River in 2017, Akin now has seven locations across the city with nearly 30,000 square feet of studio space and proudly provides affordable rental space to almost 300 visual artists, designers and other creatives. In 2018 Akin announced the Akin Studio Program in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto Canada which will open in May 2018.
In 2011 artist Michael Vickers joined the Akin team and began developing a range of arts programming opportunities for the Toronto arts community in addition to studio development. Now Co-Director of Akin, Michael heads programming for Akin Projects, Akin's not-for-profit that now offers close to 60 events each year in three streams: professional development opportunities for practicing artists, creative workshops and programs, and community engagement projects. Find out more at www.akinprojects.org