Welcome to Akin!

Hello and welcome to Akin! You are visiting this page because you are renting shared or dedicated studio space from Akin. There is lots of information for you here, so please bookmark this page for future reference.

If you ever have questions, comments, suggestions or concerns feel free to contact your studio manager or email info@akincollective.com

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Visit www.akincollective.com/reporting for more information on reporting an incident.

This is very important:
We expect every studio member to be educated about the materials that they use in their process. Please click here to view a short health & safety document that we have prepared.

As far as rules for the studio, please carefully read the following:

  • We expect general consideration towards one another and towards the space itself. Please refrain from entering others member’s studio spaces or touching other member’s things without permission. Theft and vandalism will not be tolerated.

  • If you like to listen to music while you work please use headphones. If you know that no one else is in the space you are welcome to listen without headphones but when other are around please keep noise to a minimum. Please be mindful of the the level of noise you are creating if you are socializing with other members or talking on the telephone. It's important to talk, hangout, have meetings, and create community, but be respectful that others might be working.

  • Never leave food out, always clean your dishes right away, and tidy any additional messes in common areas. We all use this space so try to leave it a little better than you found it. If you would like to share food with other members please label it carefully and include the date, and make sure it is in a sealed container that bugs and mice cannot get into.

  • Please do your best to keep your belongings as consolidated as possible and ensure that you have your name indicated visibly on everything in all shared spaces, including the fridge. This will eliminate problems as new members try to find space and helps us when we do periodic reorganizations of the storage areas.

  • Please always close and lock doors behind you when you enter or leave the building, and don't let strangers in behind you. We might not know everyone who uses the space and I don't want people to be unfriendly but most of all I want us all to be safe and feel safe. You are welcome to bring a guest occasionally, however you must never leave your guests unattended in the studio or give them studio access information. Any disruptive guests will be asked to leave the studio immediately.

Our sister organization Akin Projects hosts a wide variety of art programming each month including workshops, gallery tours, social events and more. To find out about opportunities and events check out our event calendar here, and join the Akin Facebook page.

Feel free to use the hashtag #akincollective when posting pics at the studio. You can follow or tag us on Instagram at @akinprojects and on Twitter at @akinprojects. The Akin Takeover is an ongoing initiative from Akin Projects featuring Akin Collective studio members and friends of Akin. Using the @akinprojects Instagram account as a platform, participants are invited to share a stream of images for one week, giving followers a glimpse into their creative world. If you would like to do an Akin Takeover please email janet@akincollective.com.

Akin's development since 2008 has very much been based on conversations and brainstorms about how things can be improved and about other ideas that can benefit all of us. We're always happy to chat with members of the studios about this sort of thing and to put those ideas into practice, so please let me know your ideas or suggestions for ways in which we can improve your experience at the studio.

Love, Akin!


Akin has a range of resources and services for members that you may be interested in:

Akin Projects - Our sister organization, Akin Projects, is a registered not-for-profit providing free and low-cost art programming in Toronto. Includes workshops, gallery tours, collaborative projects and social events. Use the promo code 'AKINMEMBER' for a discount on paid events. For a complete listing of events visit www.akincollective.com/calendar

Akin Vitrine Galleries - The Akin Vitrine Galleries are located at Akin Dupont and Akin St Clair. These miniature galleries feature the diverse talent of our studio members with travelling installations rotating each month. Visit www.akin.art/vitrine to learn more and find out about past and current installations. To submit a proposal for an installation email rachel@akincollective.com

Art & Event Consulting - If you are looking to connect with artists for your project or event, or are in search of artwork for your space, we can help. No question or idea is too big, small or strange.  Let's start the conversation. Email us info@akincollective.com

Art Supplies Discount: Akin studio members a 10% discount off regular priced products at ARTiculations, DeSerres, Curry’s Artist Materials and Gwartzman’s Art Supplies.

Ceramics Kiln - Akin is available to fire ceramics for studio members as well as members of the public. Visit www.akincollective.com/cermics for more details or email ceramics@akincollective.com

Insurance: COHIP - Akin is a member of COHIP! The Coworking Health Insurance Plan is designed for freelancers, creatives, start-ups, small businesses and independent workers in any industry. COHIP provides members with affordable and accessible options. Check out the different options within the Ontario Plan and fill out an Application Form.

Insurance: Freedom 55 Financial Insurance Coworking Plan - The Co-Working Plan offers insurance and risk management planning for entrepreneurs, creative professionals and freelancers. Products include, but are not limited to, health/dental plans for groups and individuals, life insurance, critical illness insurance, disability insurance, and travel insurance. They will work with you to discover the most appropriate plan for your needs and budget to help you protect and grow your business. For more information/pricing contact Tara Downs: 
Cell: 647-865-6872
Email: Tara.downs@f55f.com
Website: www.taradownsadvisor.ca

Laser Cutting - Laser cutting services are now available for Akin Collective studio members at competitive prices. Click here for details or email Kira Varvanina for inquiries at kira.varvanina@gmail.com

Libraries - The Akin Libraries are volunteer-led initiatives located at our studios. The miniature libraries are open to Akin shared and dedicated artists at all times to help inform and inspire their practice. Book donations welcome! Questions or comments? Email library@akincollective.com

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) Membership - Akin members qualify for an extra 3 months when they sign up for a 1 year membership. In addition to this, Akin members will also receive 2 additional guest passes. To acquire this benefit please sign up for a 1 year membership here:  https://moca.ca/membership/. After signing up please end an email to membership@moca.ca with the subject line "Akin MOCA Membership" and include your first and last name in the body of the email so that MOCA can manually add an additional three months to your your membership and mail out your 2 extra guest passes.

Photo Booth -  96 Tears Vintage: Photo Booth will rent you their studio space. 96 Tears Vintage will supply seamless wall 9' in width, 2 Cool Lite 9 lights with stands, and Octobox Softbox. The space is 14' by 16'. $50 per hour for studio (negotiable depending on time frame). Clothing rental is also available for $50, $25 per hour styling fee if needed. For more information or to book a session. Contact Colette at: 96tearsvintage@gmail.com

Printing - Akin is available to print exhibition-quality archival pigment prints for studio members as well as members of the public. Contact printing@akincollective.com to arrange a meeting or ask any questions. Visit www.akincollective.com/printing for details or come to the Akin Lansdowne Studio to inquire about papers, sizes and file formatting.

Promotion for Members - When you have an event, announcement or exhibition coming up please send us the information and we will be happy to promote it on Akin’s blog and social media. If you'd like, you may send your website link and up to 6 images of your work to jen@akincollective.com to be included in our online member gallery at www.akincollective.com/member-gallery

Programming and Exhibition Space: REMOTE Gallery - Akin members get a discounted rate on renting space for exhibition of programming purposes at REMOTE Gallery. REMOTE Gallery is located at 568 Richmond St West. The space is bright and open, with the potential to host a variety of events and programming including meetings, workshops, exhibitions, rehearsals, photo shoots, film screenings and more. For more information, including photographs of the space click here.

Resources list - For a list of recommended resources for artists in Toronto including current calls for submission, local exhibitions and artist residency information visit www.akincollective.com/resources

Royal Ontario Museum - Akin members save 20% off of current featured exhibitions and other galleries at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) with promo code: AKINCOLLECTIVE. Promotion is valid until July 12th 2019.

Tool Library - Akin Members receive 10% off any level of membership to the Toronto Tool Library. Learn more about the Toronto Tool Library at www.torontotoollibrary.com