COOL - THE ARTIC OUTSIDERS June 29th to September 1st 2017 Norway’s Museum for Outsider Art

Akin member Jordan MacLachlan's upcoming show COOL – THE ARCTIC OUTSIDERS will open June 29th Norway’s Museum. The exhibit will take place in a new gallery in the center of Harstad during The Northern Norway Festival. MacLachlan, was invited to exhibit her clay vignettes at the festival along with works from other participating Arctic countries: Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Marius (above) depicts the dispassionate response of visitors watching the matter-of-fact killing of the giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo in 2014. Eighteen-month old Marius was a healthy, but genetically unsuitable, giraffe who was fed his favourite breakfast before he was shot, chopped up, and fed to the lions. MacLachlan’s work bears witness to humanities complex relationship with animals.

StreetARToronto 2016 Program Information Session


The City of Toronto's StreetARToronto (StART) program is embarking on its 5th year! StART is a proactive program that aims to support, and increase awareness of street art throughout the city. StART's mission is to see Toronto as a 'living work of art' by creating partnerships (between the City, residents, businesses, and the creative community), reducing graffiti vandalism, encouraging civic discussion about public art, using art to foster place making, and providing grants, materials, and mentorship opportunities.

StART will be holding the following 4 information sessions highlighting what to expect for this year's programs (updated guidelines, deadlines, etc.):

Downtown Toronto
Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3:30-6 pm
Location: The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3)

Monday, January 25, 2016 from 4-6 pm
Location: Y+ contemporary (1345 Morningside Ave, Unit 15, Toronto ON M1B 5K3)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 3-5 pm
Location: Arts Etobicoke (4893A Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9A 1B5)

North York
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 3-5 pm
Location: Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8)

If you are an artist or non-profit arts/community organization interested in creating street art projects in the city, this is the time to learn more! Help spread the word and get involved in StART's exciting 2016 opportunities!

Please RSVP to an information session (specifying the session you will be attending) by email to streetart@toronto.ca

More information about StART is available at:



AKIN Collective is thrilled to announce its expansion into the Lower Junction neighbourhood with the opening of three new artist studios as an anchor tenant of the new mixed-use building at 1485 Dupont Street.

Member Exhibition Opening + Booze + DJ + Partying in industrial building.

Saturday, November 28: 6:00pm- Late.

1485 Dupont Street, Studios 204, 205 & 206

Come celebrate with us and check out the three new studios!

ps. Looking for studio space? info@akincollective.com

Press Release:
Akin Collective Announces Three New Artist Studios on Dupont St.

TORONTO, November 11, 2015Akin Collective is thrilled to announce its expansion into the Lower Junction neighbourhood of Toronto with the opening of three new artist studios as an anchor tenant of the new mixed-use building at 1485 Dupont Street.
Expanding on its six current studios located at 444 Dufferin Street and 87 Wade Avenue, Akin Collective’s new spaces will offer ‘Akin Heavy Duty’ a studio specifically for industrial art practices along with larger, more private studio spaces in addition to its smaller, more affordable options- including continuing to offer 24/7 shared studio access to artists and creatives at  $60/month.
Akin Collective  will expand its operations within the building immediately where it will also widen many of its programming initiatives into the area including studio critiques, gallery crawls, and its Forge Workshop Series. This exciting expansion will increase Akin’s size to approximately 15,000sq feet of studio space across its three main locations- enabling it to meet the increasing demand for affordable creative workspace and offer free public programs that assist artists on both the creative and professional aspects of their career. Since opening its first modest space 7 years ago, Akin Collective has striven to make being an artist in the city a more a fun and financially viable vocation. Moving forward, Akin Collective will be able to devote itself more fully to its mission of being an inclusive artistic catalyst in a quickly flourishing part of the city.
Akin Collective’s new location will be easily accessible by subway, streetcar, bus, bike, or car. By transit, visitors can access the studios with a short walk from two TTC subway stations (Lansdowne or Dundas West), two streetcar lines and cyclists will be able to access the studios from the West Toronto Rail PATH.
Oliver Pauk & Michael Vickers
Join us on November 28 to celebrate the opening of our new studios!
6:00PM- Late.
1485 Dupont St, Units 204, 205, 206.
Come and check out the new space and have a few (or many) drinks.
Member Art Exhibition, cheap drinks and a DJ!
Join the event on facebook.



FORGE: Artist's Health: Stress, Self Care and Studio Safety

A huge thank you to everyone that attended our FORGE workshop on Artist's Health: Stress, Self Care and Studio Safety at the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (AHC) at Toronto Western Hospital.

Akin Collective gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Follow Akin Collective on Facebook to stay up to date on future workshops!


A huge thank you to everyone that attended the gallery crawl on Saturday and to COOPER COLE, Angell Gallery and ESP for showing us their new gallery spaces and current exhibitions.
Please see photos below and follow AKIN Collective for upcoming programming news!