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.

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Art Hear @ TOAE

Akin Collective



Akin Collective is  thrilled to present 

a unique series of free panel discussions and artist talks at The Toronto Outdoor art Exhibition 2015.

Talks will span topics and themes including the role of public art and the ownership of public spaces, shifts in the Toronto art world, the internet as artistic space, the benefits of outdoor art, and new methods of engaging public spaces all centered around the theme of “expectations”.

Art Hear Tent at City Hall! 100 Queen Street West.

Friday, September 18:

12:30 pm

: “Art and the Internet”

Alex Mcleod, Artist

Benjamin Bruneau, Artist and critic

Tough Guy Mountain, Artists.

4:30 pm

: “Claiming Public Space: Who does Public Art belong to?”

Ben Mills, Vice President, Public Art Management

Lilie Zendel, Manager, StreetARToronto (StART)

Laura Berazadi, Metrolinx Senior Advisor, Integrated Art

Lara Tarlo, City Planning, City of Toronto

Saturday, September 19:

2:00 pm

: “Outdoor Spaces: Activations, Interventions”

VSVSVS, Artists

Tania Thompson, Founder, 


 Drive Art Projects

Sean Martindale, Artist

3:00 pm

: Performance Art: “Audiences and Attention”

Bridget Moser, Artist

Shannon Cochrane, Artist/Director of FADO Performance Art Centre

Basil AlZeri, Artist

Sunday, September 20:


: “Collectives and Collaborations: The Shared Spaces”

Oliver Pauk, Founder and Director, Akin Collective

Adil Dhalla, Director of Culture, Centre for Social Innovation

Ashley Proctor, Founder, Creative Bluerprint & Foundery


:“Popular Commentary: Topics in Toronto’s Art Scene”

David Liss, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Shari Orenstein, Conversations from Toronto Art World

Jamie Angell, Director, Angell Gallery





ARTbus: Exhibition tour to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre, Blackwood Gallery and Oakville Galleries

Sunday 18 January 2015, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pick-up and drop-off at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
(Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto)

$10 donation includes admission to all galleries and afternoon refreshments by Trafalgar Brewing Company

For reservations, contact or 905.844.4402, ext. 24 by Friday 16 January, 4:00 pm


Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the winter’s best exhibitions in the GTA!

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre

The winter ARTbus begins at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre with a tour of Sign, sign, everywhere a sign by guest curator Sarah Robayo Sheridan. Drawing on the Hart House and UTAC collections, this joint-venue exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. Commercial graphics are an omnipresent feature of urban landscapes, whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity programs of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Featuring work by Berenice Abbott, Carl Beam, James Carl, Ian Carr-Harris, Lynne Cohen, Robin Collyer, Greg Curnoe, Robert Fones, Robert Frank, General Idea, Hadley+Maxwell, Richard Hamilton, Jamelie Hassan, David Hlynsky, Luis Jacob, Will Kwan, Ken Lum, Kelly Mark, Ron Terada, Jeff Thomas, and John Thomson.

Blackwood Gallery

The ARTbus continues to the Blackwood Gallery for a tour of Inside by guest curator John Armstrong. Inside includes work by eight artists who use the various technologies and traditions that painting offers to engage the Blackwood Gallery’s exhibition spaces and reflect on the established genre of interior painting. Several of the artists will paint directly on the Blackwood’s walls or floor while other artists will exhibit mural-sized or more intimately scaled easel paintings. All of these artists connect painting in its many guises—from illusionistic or schematic tableau to a celebration of paint’s physical nature—with built interior spaces in order to ask us to reconsider painting’s longstanding critical and poetic engagement with the rooms we inhabit. Featuring work by Mark Bell, Pierre Dorion, Dorian FitzGerald, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Maria Hupfield, Denyse Thomasos, and Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky.

Oakville Galleries

Next, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square and Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, visit the opening of Depth of Perception. What once seemed like a clear division between “real" and “virtual”—tangible things/bodies and spectral images/platforms—has all but broken down in recent years. The screen image—whether cinematic, digital or otherwise—has proven to be transformative, readily altering our perception of environments, objects and ourselves, while taking on a presence and palpability akin to “solid” objects. Since at least the 1960s, artists have mined the relationship between sculpture and screen to explore what Kate Mondloch describes as "objecthood and illusionism in tandem.” Depth of Perception considers how one’s vantage point on the world—and the integrity of physical, sculptural objects—have been altered by the screen’s roles as frame, window, mirror, and interface. Featuring work by Trisha Baga, Peter Campus, Alex Da Corte, Anne de Vries, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Hadley+Maxwell, Marisa Hoicka and Johnny Forever, Oliver Husain, Vishal Jugdeo, Owen Kydd, Linda Quinlan, and Judy Radul.


11:45 am: Meet outside the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for sign-in.

12:00 pm: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery followed by UTAC. Curator’s tour of Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

1:30 pm: Blackwood Gallery. Curator’s tour of Inside.

2:45 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit Depth of Perception.

3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Visit Depth of Perception. Opening reception with refreshments.

5:00 pm: Drop-off at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

In-kind support provided by Trafalgar Brewing Company.


Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King's College Circle, Toronto

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga

Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square: 120 Navy Street, Oakville
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Images (left to right): Robin Collyer, Crime Scene, 2000. University of Toronto Collection, gift of the artist, 2013 © the artist; Mark Bell, Preparatory Sketch for Reverse Obsolescence (Deerfield Hall), 2014. Photo: Mark Bell; Hadley+Maxwell, …Um, 2006. Courtesy the artists and Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto. Photo: Mark Woods.


Hope you were able to join us for our Spring Gallery Crawl on Saturday. 

If not, see what you missed below and be sure to join us for our next event!

Keep track of them all by joining the Akin Collective Facebook Group or following us on Twitter

Huge thanks to Mercer UnionDaniel Faria GalleryScrap Metal and Division Gallery!

A special thank you as well to Kronenbourg Brewery for keeping our livers happy. You're the best.



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.



Jane Elliot's 1968 'Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes' Experiment.

Well worth 15 minutes of your time.

"In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling, "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise. This, now famous, exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority"



Creative Blueprint is looking for engaging Artists to teach 3-hour instructional sessions in a new Artist Workshop Series to run seasonally.
Workshops take place in the CB Gallery on Wednesday nights.
The following dates are currently available: 
Wednesday July 24    6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday August 7    6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday August 21    6:00pm – 9:00pm
Artists will be responsible for one 3-hour session, creating their own content and delivering it to students in the CB Gallery.  Class size will be 12 – 20 students.
Workshop must utilize non-toxic materials (no aerosols or solvents) and should present instruction geared to fostering positive experiences with art making.
Creative Blueprint will handle workshop registration and will collect fees from the students. Creative Blueprint will promote this series through the CB website, social media and mailing lists.
Artists will also be encouraged to promote the workshop series.
Artist will be compensated $100 for the 3-hour session.
Please submit your workshop proposal to Creative Blueprint at
Be sure to include a workshop title, a description of the media you intend to use, and a brief outline of the skills you will be teaching or the project you intend to complete with the students.
If students require a specific skill set, experience or materials to participate, please note those details within the proposal.

StreetARToronto: Outside The Box: Call for Submissions

The City of Toronto invites local area artists to submit proposals to create art on City traffic signal boxes at various locations throughout Toronto. The goal of this project is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape. This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the City of Toronto's Transportation Services Division.