Akin Summer Programming

Akin is pleased to present our July and August programming. We hope to see you at some of these events this summer! 

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Pointillism at the Beach, an Afternoon with Seurat
July 14 / 12pm-2pm / $5-$10 (sliding scale) / Woodbine Beach

Calling all creatives, artists and hobbyists! Join us for some Georges Seurat style pointillism on the beach! Come meet other creatives, explore and draw beachy scenes from life with us in this fun-filled and summer space!

We will begin with some quick and expressive warm ups, moving on to more focused Summer forms and scenes and we will end the day with a free-for-all drawing period. All levels and media are welcome - no toxic materials please. Bring your own materials. 

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Akin Projects at Zine Dream 12
July 21 / 10am-5pm / FREE / MOCA Toronto Canada

Akin is excited to exhibit at ZINE DREAM 12 alongside over 100 creative vendors this July. Exhibitors will be showcasing self published books, comics, music, zines, handmade crafts, prints & much more! One day only!

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An Index - Opening Reception
July 24 / 6pm-9pm / FREE / MOCA Toronto Canada

An Index comprises work in a variety of media from sculpture, to video, to new wall murals by the first cohort of Akin residency artists who entered the year-long studio programme in September 2018. While the participating artists’ practices range widely in terms of conceptual approach, style and media; they have also been influenced to some degree by the experience of sharing and conversing within an open-plan studio structure for the last nine months. The exhibition runs from July 25–September 8, 2019 at MOCA Toronto Canada. Join us on July 24 for the opening reception! 

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Akin River Launch Party + Potluck
July 25 / 4pm-10pm / FREE / Akin River

Akin invites fellow artists, friends and family members to celebrate the opening of our new 3rd floor River Studios 2 & 3 !! Please join us on the patio Thursday July 25th for food and drinks and a little summer camaraderie. Let's get to know each other and the space!

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There is more coming soon! Save the date for these August Events at Akin: 

August 7 - Show & Tell at Akin MOCA - 4th Floor Studios at MOCA

August 14 - Flag Book Workshop with Jessica Thalmann - Remote Gallery

August 17 - MOCA After Dark Dance Party - MOCAToronto Canada

August 22 - Akin Ossington Launch Party + Backyard BBQ - 888 Dupont St.

Xpace Cultural Centre annual fall programming launch and back-to-school party

Xpace Cultural Centre invites you to join them for their annual FREE fall programming launch and back-to-school party on September 8 from 7-11pm, featuring new work created this summer at Akin Lansdowne by our summer artists-in-residence Emily Norry and Kendra Lee, with accompanying essay by Sam Roberts. Emily, Kendra and Sam were winners of the Xpace Summer Residency Program for OCAD U graduates.

September 8 – October 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 7-11pm

Poster by Wil Brask

Poster by Wil Brask

Emily Norry, Queeries into History: The Love of Loring and Wyle (Project Space)

With accompanying essay by Sam Roberts.

This series by Emily Norry explores the lives of Toronto artists Frances Loring and Florence Wyle and their lifetime spent together. Through this show, Norry looks to expand upon her series Queeries into History with a more in depth exploration of these two artists. Where Queeries into History was meant to outline an entire ancestry of queer women through time, The Love of Loring and Wyle is a biography of two beloved but often forgotten artists that helped shape Toronto’s art world, while never wavering in their commitment to one another.

Using watercolour printmaking, Norry takes historical photos of Loring and Wyle’s careers and personal lives, paints them in colour and transfers them onto fabric. These leave images cracked, faded, and sometimes warped from the originals; this is reflective of the way history is often forgotten and overwritten in modern view. These images are then embellished, with embroidery, patterning and dried flowers as a way to describe intimacy, relationships and the way the past is reframed and added to in the present. The works will explore their sculptures, time as students, associations with arts societies, and their more then 50 year relationship. 


Kendra Yee, Pantry Shelf (Window Space)

With accompanying essay by Sam Roberts.

The attempts to trace back family lineage are swallowed by the movements of time. Documents discarded, photographs burned, tombstones never carved and names changed to survive systems. Mimicking the setup of Kendra Yee’s Yeh-Yeh’s corner store in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, this installation honours family-run businesses. The items displayed replace the culture that has been lost, reclaiming broken narratives and forming new stories.


Save the date! Akin will be visiting these exhibitions as a part of our Fall Gallery Crawl on Saturday September 16. Stay tuned for more info! 



Bring Clothes (or anything you want to tie dye)
Bring Food (for the bbq)
Bring Drinks (for your liver or just thirst)
Bring Friends (let's make new ones)
Bring Fun (mandatory)

Summer will almost be over and we'll be damned if we don't have a barbecue bash
 where a bunch of artists and creative types get together for sun and fun.



Creative Blueprint: Summer Workshop Series

Registration is now open...
Reserve Your Space - Our CB Summer Series will fill up fast!
Creative Blueprint presents a series of 4 independent workshops in the CB Gallery.
Starting Wednesday July 17th we bring you a diverse selection of experimental workshops for artists who are looking to try something new!

You don't have to be an expert - the whole point is to get out of your comfort zone.
Join us this summer in the CB Gallery as we explore new methods and materials.

Click on the workshops for complete descriptions or visit our website.

Stephanie Kervin introduces artists to the basics of portrait creation.

Danesh Mohiuddin teaches us how illustrations can inform AND entertain.

Pamela Dodds introduces affordable, non-toxic printmaking techniques.

Heeseung Ko encourages students to explore drawing materials & methods.

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Open Call: Summer Residency Program 2013

 We are triple pleased to re-announce the VSVSVS Summer Residency program for its third summer! 
The annual residency program will be held at the VSVSVS warehouse for the month of July. We will work with the selected artist(s) to determine exact dates for the residency and the subsequent exhibition. We are looking specifically for dedicated artists that will make a valuable contribution to our collective environment while participating in our events and functions. 

The residency is offered to any practicing artist in any media from anywhere (groups or collectives are also considered). The length of the residency is negotiable ranging anywhere from one week to one month, depending on the wants and needs of the artist(s). The artist's stay will culminate in a show or event (or workshop, or screening, or whatever...) at the VSVSVS Gallery. The residency provides 24 hour access to the 14 ft. x 20 ft semi-private VSVSVS Gallery which will serve as studio space and, later, the exhibition space, as well as access to the fully equipped VSVSVS Woodshop. It is mandatory that the artist utilize the space: you gotta be there or we will be sad and miss you.   Studio visits with other artists, curators and VSVSVS members is strongly encouraged (we love an open dialogue). The artist must make a concerted effort to invite other members of the arts community to VSVSVS for studio visits and events. No materials or expenses are provided by VSVSVS except the studio space itself. VSVSVS will help with promotion and exposure of the residency program and the subsequent exhibition.   Project proposals do not have to include a specific end-point. Actually, we think it's important that the experience of being here can help guide the work, so some open-ended-ness is encouraged.  

MOST IMPORTANT: The residency is free
APPLICATION FEE:  $0.00 (no fee)

Submission packages should include: 
 A letter of introduction, outlining the individual’s past artistic experience, and other relevant information (no more than 500 words) 
 A curriculum vitae
• A brief project proposal (no more than one page) Images of past work + PDF image list with size, title medium (JPG, maxwidth 600 pixels, 72 dpi)
 OPTIONAL: A link to something awesome

DEADLINE: May 17/2013 before midnight  

We look forward to hearing from you. 

We only accept submissions via email.

Please send submission packages to admin@VSVSVS.org