Akin in the Press

Akin would like to thank all the journalists and news outlets that have covered Akin’s efforts in print and online. See below for some highlights!

If you are interested in featuring Akin in your news outlet please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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Creative Cities, Creative Minds

Report published by students from Stuttgart Media University in Cooperation with Ryerson University - August 2019

“It was in 2008 when Oliver Pauk…decided to take personal charge of finding a solution to …. a problem which had been a burden on him and many of his fellows for quite some time: the lack of studio spaces in Toronto. Together with Michael Vickers, he co-founded the Akin Collective, a business that rents out shared workspaces to artists in need of such. Pauk offers us a closer look into one of Akin's studios…”

Three artists standing in front of Akin River art studio at 7 Labatt Ave in Toronto.

50 artists are working out of this soon-to-be-demolished building, where eviction is part of the deal

Article by Jacob Lorinc for The Star - September 12, 2019

As the price of long-term studio space rapidly exceeds the budgets of artists, temporary space in soon-to-be demolished buildings, such as the one at 7 Labatt Ave., has become a common alternative.

Two artists standing with artwork in an Akin Collective art studio at Akin Lakeshore in South Etobicoke. Affordable art studios for rent in Toronto.

Akin Lakeshore makes art studio space affordable in Etobicoke

Article by Tamara Shephard for Toronto.com - August 20, 2019

“Akin meets local artists’ needs for affordable art space in their neighbourhood, and provides opportunities for workshops, events and networking, said Kim Dayman, Lakeshore Arts’ program manager.”


Akin Projects provides affordable, shared space for artists in Toronto

Video by Susan Hay for Global News - August 30, 2018

WATCH: Engaging, connecting and education the community through art is the goal of Akin. Established by two artists a decade ago in a modest 600-square-foot loft, the organization has grown to become the largest provider of shared studio space in Toronto. Susan Hay has the story.


Round the Block Podcast - Episode 1

Podcast by Groundstory, November 22, 2018

Oliver Pauk & Michael Vickers of Toronto’s Akin Collective discuss the stories and potential of meanwhile leasing to provide affordable studios for artists and other solutions to gentrification in the arts with host Jessa Agilo.

Michael Vickers leads and Akin Gallery Crawl. Artists standing in an art gallery listening to the curator speak during an art crawl in Toronto.

How indie art spaces are surviving gentrification in Toronto

Article by Rosemary Heather for NOW Toronto - September 4, 2018

“From garages and shipping containers to members' clubs, art galleries are finding creative ways to carve out space in the city.”

The front entrance to the new Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada. Photo: Leah Sandals.

Art, Development and the New MOCA Toronto

Article by Leah Sandals for Canadian Art - September 20, 2018

“There are also other distinctive features of the new MOCA, like a studio space on the fourth floor where 32 Toronto artists are renting small spaces for the period of one year. The studio project is managed by Akin Collective, an artist-run organization that rents studio space in areas across the city.”

Akin Studio Residency Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada. Photo by Shane Fester

Inside the Junction’s new Museum of Contemporary Art

By Allison Baker for Toronto Life - September 22, 2018

“The other half of MOCA’s fourth floor is a partnership with Akin Collective and the Akin Studio Program, which offers integrated, affordable studio space to local photographers, painters, sculptors, weavers and other artists. “

MOCA Toronto Canada. Akin art studios on Floor 4 of the Museum. Photo by Samuel Engelking

Five things to expect at the new MOCA

By Samantha Edwards for NOW Toronto - September 26, 2018

“To nurture the local community, MOCA teamed up with Akin Collective to run the fourth-floor studio space. Thirty-two artists, ranging from architects, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, weavers and painters, have their own studios that range from $125 to $670 per month. “

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Meanwhile on King West

By Sarah Steinberg for BLOCK Magazine Issue 17, Fall/Winter 2018

Read more about Akin’s unique collaboration with Allied Properties REIT to develop Akin studios on King St West space as the site awaits development.


Stella LIVE at Museum of Contemporary Art 

Breakfast Television Toronto visits the Akin Studio Program at MOCA. (Akin footage starts at 2:00)


MOCA Toronto set to open in new industrial home that hosts both art and artists

By Tim Cornwell for The Art Newspaper

“MOCA has leased space on its fourth floor to the Toronto arts non-profit Akin Collective, which will provide studios for 32 local artists, curators and writers and stage workshops and open-studio events.”

Artists working at Akin Dupont Art studios for rent in Toronto Canada. Photo by Cole Burston for the Toronto Star

Akin Collective buys artists space and time

By Murray Whyte for the Toronto Star - December 18, 2017

“It’s a surprising professionalization of what has always been an ad hoc, catch-as-catch-can arrangement. Artists have typically accepted precarious tenancy as a way of life, month to month in tumbledown buildings they fix up and retrofit in exchange for cheap rent. But that trade-off often also means spontaneous forced migration when a better deal for the landlord comes along.”


Creators of Toronto | Akin Collective

Interview for Brainstation Blog - June 2, 2016

“This month, we had the chance to sit down with Akin Collective, an innovative and inspiring team that offer shared art studios and workspaces, and also provide creative development opportunities for their community. Read on to hear more about Akin Collective!”

Two artists standing in an art studio in Toronto. Photo: Vince Talotta for the Toronto Star

For Toronto arts spaces, a creative tax break takes shape

By Murray Whyte for the Toronto Star - December 18, 2017

“Last week, Oliver Pauk and Michael Vickers, the two partners who run Akin Collective, got some welcome news: Their notice of eviction on the shared studio property they run for a few dozen artists on Dufferin Street had been extended from February to March. While it might be hard to see the sunny side of an eviction notice, for once, there’s a glimmer of silver to the stubborn black cloud that’s hung over the city’s cultural communities for at least a generation.”


Akin Collective Interviewed on CBC - Video

After the tragic events of the Oakland warehouse fire, CBC News interviewed Akin's founder Oliver Pauk about art collectives, studio safety, and Akin Collective.

Photo by Carlos Osorio for the Toronto Star

The Art of Healing project at Ronald McDonald House opens a creative outlet for sick kids

By Andrea Gordon for the Toronto Star - June 4, 2015

“A unique event was under way that brought kids ages 1 through 15 together with 19 local artists to collaborate on original paintings, sculptures, drawings and collages. Their creations — bursting with colour, texture and personality — will be shown and sold at an exhibition for families and Ronald McDonald House donors called The Art of Healing ...”


The top 7 artist collectives in Toronto

Kate Fane for Blog TO - May 7, 2013

“This once low-key collective has now expanded to two studios off Lansdowne and Bloor and Dufferin and Queen west. With monthly art crits, open studio events…AKIN is a great option for burgeoning artist in two of the city's major artistic hubs.”


Where to rent studio space in Toronto

Robyn Urback for Blog TO - February 3, 2012

“While it doesn't look much from the outside, artists are constantly toiling away inside this shared space near Queen and Dufferin. Akin offers a total of 2,000-square-feet of studio and shared work space, which renters can access at any time, any day of the week.”