Akin in the Press

Akin would like to thank all the journalists and news outlets that have covered Akin’s efforts in print and online. See below for some highlights!

If you are interested in featuring Akin in your news outlet please do not hesitate to get in touch!

 
 

Akin Projects provides affordable, shared space for artists in Toronto

Video by Susan Hay for Global News - August 30, 2018

WATCH: Engaging, connecting and education the community through art is the goal of Akin. Established by two artists a decade ago in a modest 600-square-foot loft, the organization has grown to become the largest provider of shared studio space in Toronto. Susan Hay has the story.

 
 Michael Vickers leads and Akin Gallery Crawl. Photo: akin Collective

Michael Vickers leads and Akin Gallery Crawl. Photo: akin Collective

How indie art spaces are surviving gentrification in Toronto

Article by Rosemary Heather for NOW Toronto - September 4, 2018

“From garages and shipping containers to members' clubs, art galleries are finding creative ways to carve out space in the city.”

 
 The front entrance to the new MOCA Toronto. Photo: Leah Sandals.

The front entrance to the new MOCA Toronto. Photo: Leah Sandals.

Art, Development and the New MOCA Toronto

Article by Leah Sandals for Canadian Art - September 20, 2018

“There are also other distinctive features of the new MOCA, like a studio space on the fourth floor where 32 Toronto artists are renting small spaces for the period of one year. The studio project is managed by Akin Collective, an artist-run organization that rents studio space in areas across the city.”

 
 Photo by Shane Fester

Photo by Shane Fester

Inside the Junction’s new Museum of Contemporary Art

By Allison Baker for Toronto Life - September 22, 2018

“The other half of MOCA’s fourth floor is a partnership with Akin Collective and the Akin Studio Program, which offers integrated, affordable studio space to local photographers, painters, sculptors, weavers and other artists. “

 
 Photo by Samuel Engelking

Photo by Samuel Engelking

Five things to expect at the new MOCA

By Samantha Edwards for NOW Toronto - September 26, 2018

“To nurture the local community, MOCA teamed up with Akin Collective to run the fourth-floor studio space. Thirty-two artists, ranging from architects, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, weavers and painters, have their own studios that range from $125 to $670 per month. “

 

Stella LIVE at Museum of Contemporary Art 

Breakfast Television Toronto visits the Akin Studio Program at MOCA. (Akin footage starts at 2:00)

 
 Photo by Cole Burston for the Toronto Star

Photo by Cole Burston for the Toronto Star

Akin Collective buys artists space and time

By Murray Whyte for the Toronto Star - December 18, 2017

“It’s a surprising professionalization of what has always been an ad hoc, catch-as-catch-can arrangement. Artists have typically accepted precarious tenancy as a way of life, month to month in tumbledown buildings they fix up and retrofit in exchange for cheap rent. But that trade-off often also means spontaneous forced migration when a better deal for the landlord comes along.”

 
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Creators of Toronto | Akin Collective

Interview for Brainstation Blog - June 2, 2016

“This month, we had the chance to sit down with Akin Collective, an innovative and inspiring team that offer shared art studios and workspaces, and also provide creative development opportunities for their community. Read on to hear more about Akin Collective!”

 
 Photo: Vince Talotta for the Toronto Star

Photo: Vince Talotta for the Toronto Star

For Toronto arts spaces, a creative tax break takes shape

By Murray Whyte for the Toronto Star - December 18, 2017

“Last week, Oliver Pauk and Michael Vickers, the two partners who run Akin Collective, got some welcome news: Their notice of eviction on the shared studio property they run for a few dozen artists on Dufferin Street had been extended from February to March. While it might be hard to see the sunny side of an eviction notice, for once, there’s a glimmer of silver to the stubborn black cloud that’s hung over the city’s cultural communities for at least a generation.”

 

Akin Collective Interviewed on CBC - Video

After the tragic events of the Oakland warehouse fire, CBC News interviewed Akin's founder Oliver Pauk about art collectives, studio safety, and Akin Collective.

 
 Photo by Carlos Osorio for the Toronto Star

Photo by Carlos Osorio for the Toronto Star

The Art of Healing project at Ronald McDonald House opens a creative outlet for sick kids

By Andrea Gordon for the Toronto Star - June 4, 2015

“A unique event was under way that brought kids ages 1 through 15 together with 19 local artists to collaborate on original paintings, sculptures, drawings and collages. Their creations — bursting with colour, texture and personality — will be shown and sold at an exhibition for families and Ronald McDonald House donors called The Art of Healing ...”

 

The top 7 artist collectives in Toronto

Kate Fane for Blog TO - May 7, 2013

“This once low-key collective has now expanded to two studios off Lansdowne and Bloor and Dufferin and Queen west. With monthly art crits, open studio events…AKIN is a great option for burgeoning artist in two of the city's major artistic hubs.”

 

Where to rent studio space in Toronto

Robyn Urback for Blog TO - February 3, 2012

“While it doesn't look much from the outside, artists are constantly toiling away inside this shared space near Queen and Dufferin. Akin offers a total of 2,000-square-feet of studio and shared work space, which renters can access at any time, any day of the week.”