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 Lansdowne: 87 Wade Avenue (Lansdowne & Bloor)
Akin Dufferin: 444 Dufferin Street (Dufferin & Queen)
Akin Dupont: 1485 Dupont Street (Dupont & Symington)
Akin Sunrise: 100 Sunrise Ave (Victoria Park & Eglinton)
Akin Ossington (light industrial studios): 888 Dupont St (Dupont & Ossington)
Akin St Clair: 1747 St. Clair Avenue West (St Clair & Keele)
Akin River: 7 Labatt Ave (Dundas & River)
Shared membership: starting at $60/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
*Prices include: taxes, insurance, wifi, utilities, 24/7 access as well as use of industrial shelving units, washroom, communal working areas, and kitchen.
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 27,000 square feet of studio space and proudly provides affordable rental space to about 250 visual artists, designers and other creatives.
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