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.
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Everyone is welcome at Akin regardless of skill level or experience! It is not necessary to submit a portfolio or C.V. to become an Akin member at one of our studios. The Akin Studio Program at MOCA is the exception. Akin is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive, queer and trans positive environment, welcoming indigenous, marginalized, and racialized folks, and folks with disabilities.
To become an Akin member first please make arrangements to meet with the studio manager and and visit the location(s) you are interested in. If there is an available spot that you would like to move into then we require a last month's rent deposit and first month's rent payment and for you to sign our online contract. If there is no studio spot available you can be added to our waiting list after your tour. Membership rentals are month-to-month.
Interested in a shared or dedicated membership at Akin? Get in touch to book a tour!
If you're interested, we would love to show you around but please note that studio tours are by appointment only.
Watch above: Akin Making a Difference - video on Global News
The Akin Team:
Michael Vickers - Co-Director
Oliver Pauk - Co-Director
Sara Pearson - Administration
Janet Hinkle - Programming and Marketing Coordinator
Jen Pilles - Studio Operations Manager
Erin Candela - Studio Manager
Hana Elmasry - Studio Manager
Laura Keeling - Studio Manager
Özge Aytekin - Studio Manager
Rachel Butler - Studio Manager
Soroush Dabiri - Studio Coordinator
Rania El Mugammar - Equity, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution Consultant - www.raniawrites.com
Akin Dupont: 1485 Dupont St (Dupont & Symington)
Akin Lakeshore: 2970 Lakeshore Blvd West (South Etobicoke)
Akin Lansdowne: 87 Wade Ave (Lansdowne & Bloor)
Akin Ossington: 888 Dupont St (Dupont & Ossington)
Akin Richmond: 568 Richmond St W (Richmond & Portland)
Akin River: 7 Labatt Ave (Dundas & River)
Akin St Clair: 1747 St. Clair Avenue W (St Clair & Keele)
Akin Studio Program at MOCA: 158 Sterling Rd (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 - $561/mth
There is a higher rent in some of our units at Akin Ossington studios at Dupont and Ossington (888 Dupont St) which are our studios for light industrial creative use and include access to a spray booth.
Prices at Akin Ossington:
25sf - 196$/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 40,000 square feet of studio space and proudly provides affordable rental space to more than 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 launched September 2018. In 2019 Akin announced the opening of REMOTE Gallery, a dedicated programming and exhibition space in partnership with the Toronto Art Council. REMOTE Gallery opened in March 2019.
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