Call for Submissions
Monthly Exhibitions, 2019
1485 Dupont St & 1747 St. Clair Ave West
Toronto ON

Dear Akin Members,

We are very excited to announce our 2019 Call for Submissions for Akin’s Vitrine Gallery! We are programming for the coming year and looking to fill our monthly exhibitions with a variety of work from you our studio members.

The Akin Vitrine Gallery launched on October 1, 2016 at Akin’s Dupont studios. At the beginning of 2018, we added a second Vitrine Gallery location at the Akin St. Clair studios. These miniature galleries feature the diverse talent of our members with new installations each month.

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We are aiming to program 12 exhibitions in 2019, each for a duration of two months. Featured artists will be exhibiting for one month in our Dupont Vitrine location and for the following month in our St. Clair Vitrine location.  

The first month of the exhibition will be at the Akin Dupont Vitrine gallery location (1485 Dupont St), corresponding with a month-long online feature  on Instagram. Akin Vitrine Gallery Instagram account: @akinvitrine showcases the current artist in an spot light interview style, month-long series of post. Make sure to check out the account for more information, to follow us and support your fellow Akin members!

The second month of the exhibition will be at the Akin St. Clair Vitrine gallery location (1747 St. Clair Ave West. New this year, each featured artists will be expected to organize, host and promote a reception during their exhibition at the Akin St. Clair Studios Vitrine. They will work with the Akin St. Clair studio manager Rachel on the logistics for their reception, but be responsible for planning and hosting  their reception themselves.

This call for submissions welcomes Fine Artists of all mediums, Craftspeople, Designers and those whose work expands the limits of these mediums to apply; we only ask that your project reads as visual art as opposed to a window display/merchandising.

Call for submissions are for active Akin studio members only (currently renting studio space from any of the 8 Akin locations) and are open to 2 or 3 dimensional pieces in any medium and new media. We are a Queer and Trans friendly organization, and we encourage folks who identify as womxn, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and members of sexual minority. Should you desire to, please identify if you are a member of one the these groups.

Submission Details:

If you would like to submit work for consideration, please include:

  • Project description: due to the timeline of our programming, it is not imperative that you apply with finished work. If you are applying with a concept not yet realized, please provide a description of your project in one paragraph. Sketches for the project or photographs of similar work are preferred.  

  • Up to 3 images of the work to be exhibited, or similar if you are applying with a work in progress.


  • A brief bio/statement (maximum 150 words).

  • Contact information – including phone number, website and Instagram username if available.

  • Requested month for exhibition - if you have a particular month in which you would prefer to show, please let us know what that month is and why. We will consider all requests but cannot guarantee we can accommodate them all.

  • Send submissions to: rachel@akincollective.com by December 1st with the words ‘VITRINE 2018 SUBMISSION’ as the email subject

Our goal is to curate a cross-section of work, representing a variety of media from all of our studio locations. This does mean that space is limited. We appreciate all of your submissions, and what we can’t accommodate for this project, we will keep in mind for future opportunities. We will respond to submissions via email. Thanks, everyone!

Rachel & Sara, Akin

About the Vitrine spaces:

The miniature galleries feature white walls, floor and ceiling, overhead lighting, electrical access and large window. The Vitrines lend themselves well to 2D hanging work, 3D display and site specific pieces, and are a perfect space to experiment with new materials and to try out new work or installation projects.

Akin Vitrine Gallery, Dupont:

The Akin Vitrine Gallery Dupont 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.

Interior Dimensions:
25.5” deep
38” wide
68” high

Window: 36.5” x 65.5”

Akin Vitrine Gallery, St. Clair

The Akin Vitrine Gallery St. Clair is located at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West, and is visible from the street at all times

Interior Dimensions:
49” deep
35” wide
58” high

Window: 35” x 58”