Akin at the Artist Project
Feb
21
to Feb 25

Akin at the Artist Project

  • Better Living Centre, Toronto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Akin Projects invites you to join us at the 2019 edition of Artist Project Toronto. Akin is excited to join this year's Artist Project as the non profit partner. In our booth, visitors are invited to view new work by a handful of our current members, learn more about our services and the many ways we offer support for artists.

Get your tickets here: https://theartistproject.tix123.com/?promo=AKIN
OR enter promo code 'AKIN' at checkout. Code valid until Feb. 24 at 6pm.

Show Hours:
OPENING NIGHT - Thursday, February 21, 7-11pm
Friday, February 22, 11am - 10pm
Saturday, February 23, 11am - 8pm
Sunday, February 24, 11am-6pm
*Art Chat: February 23, 3pm

This year, the Artist Project turns 12 with its most exciting show yet and we can't wait to be a part of it! From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 300 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad.

This year, visitors you can view and interact with new works by members of Akin's community in Akin's non profit partner booth. Artists will be on site throughout the show to discuss their work and answer your questions.

Akin Exhibiting Artists

Andrew Kennedy
Caitlin Barrie
Emily Woudenberg
Emma White
Hamid Mohammadi
Humboldt Magnussen
Jessica Thalmann
Jieun June Kim
Leone McComas
Rakefet Arieli

Art Chat at Artist Project 2019
‘What is the role of studio spaces in the artistic community’?
February 23, 3pm.
How does where you create your work impact your own personal practice and the larger Toronto art world? Join us for a conversation on the importance of building artistic community and your own space within it, featuring exhibited Akin artists Leone McComas, Jieun June Kim and Hamid Mohammadi moderated by Akin Co-Directors, artists Michael Vickers and Oliver Pauk.

About Akin:
Akin Projects is an arts programming organization and registered nonprofit established in 2015 for the purpose of providing both creative and professional development opportunities to members of Toronto’s artistic and cultural community and the public at large. We have offered services to over thousands of individuals since our inception in 2015. Our sister organization, Akin Collective, was founded in 2009 and provides affordable studio and shared workspace in a friendly atmosphere for over 300 members.

Accessibility Information:
The Artist Project is committed to excellence in serving all customers including persons with disabilities.The Better Living Centre is an accessible venue. It has a step free access to the building and is level throughout. A limited number of assisted devices are available onsite at the information desk for those who need them. Service animals are allowed into all areas of the event that are open to the public. Artist Project is happy to offer a complimentary admission pass for the support person of a person with a disability.

SHOW HOURS



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Inaugural Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence Program Welcome Reception
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

Inaugural Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence Program Welcome Reception

Akin is thrilled to welcome Wyandot multimedia artist and Tradition Keeper Catherine Tammaro (Taǫmęˀšreˀ) to our organization as the inaugural Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence - a relationship based on communication, creativity, awareness/visibility and relationship building between creative settler and Indigenous folk.

The first event will be a gathering on the evening of February 15th, 2019 at Akin King (511 King St West). Stay tuned for more details.

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Akin Studio Program at MOCA - Open Studio and Q & A
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Akin Studio Program at MOCA - Open Studio and Q & A

Saturday, February 2 from 12-4pm
Floor 4, 158 Sterling Road, MOCA Toronto Canada
Free / Pay-What-You-Can to enter the Museum
Q & A panel at 2pm on Floor 4

Interested in the Akin Studio Program?

Akin invites you to an Open Studio at the Akin Studio Program on Floor 4 of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada. Come and visit over 30 different artist studios and find out more about Akin, the Studio Program, and how to apply for Year 2.

There will be a short panel Question and Answer period at 2pm. If you are interested in applying to the Studio Program this is the ideal time to ask questions and have them answered by Akin staff and Akin artist or two from the 2018 - 2019 Studio Program cohort.

The Call for Applications for the 2019 - 2020 Program will be announced prior to the Open Studio event! Stay tuned! This Program is open to students, emerging and professional art practitioners, curators and writers living in Toronto. If you plan to apply for this program we strongly recommend that you attend this event to see the studios in person. To be among the first to receive the Call for Applications please sign up for our newsletter at akincollective.com/newsletter

MOCA Toronto is a fully physically accessible venue. If you have additional accessibility needs please contact michael@akincollective.com by January 19, 2019 and we will do our best to accomodate you.

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Akin Show & Tell at Akin King
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show & Tell at Akin King

Join us at Akin King for a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’! This is a time for Akin members and other Toronto artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting.

Feel free to bring art to share, bring a friend or two, bring snacks or drinks or just bring yourself! Come for the conversation or just to meet other artists and makers. This is FREE public event - everyone is welcome!

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Akin's Autumn Art Crawl
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Akin's Autumn Art Crawl

You are invited to join us on November 17 starting at 1pm for special tours of the current creative spaces on Sterling Road. Come along as creative directors, artists and staff provide special walkthroughs and tours of their current exhibits, projects and spaces.

Free to attend. All are welcome, open to the public. The more the merrier!

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Akin Show and Tell: Akin St. Clair
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show and Tell: Akin St. Clair

Join us this October for ‘Show and Tell’ at Akin St. Clair. This is a time for Akin members and other Toronto artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting.

Feel free to bring art to share, bring a friend or two, bring snacks or drinks or just bring yourself! Come for the conversation or just to meet other artists and makers. This is FREE public event - everyone is welcome!

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Draw Your Dinner - Potluck and Art Night
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Draw Your Dinner - Potluck and Art Night

Description: 
We’ve all taken countless photos of our food and posted it to Instagram. Join us as we bring the experience to life with #DrawYourDinner, a potluck and art event. Bring your appetite, creative side, and a tasty vegetarian dish to share and join Akin and Queers for Dinner for an evening of comfort food, great conversation and an insta-worthy art activity!

About Queers For Dinner: 
Queers for Dinner is a social community which aims to bring LGBTQ people and their allies together to enjoy great food and meet new friends in a small group setting. Queers for Dinner organizes the meals and invites guests to sign-up and write a little bit about themselves to share with other diners. Each event will have a host to help guests break the ice, and keep the space welcoming.

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Akin D.I.Y Comic School Meeting 4
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Akin D.I.Y Comic School Meeting 4

The Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School is a group that meets the first Monday of every month with the goal of working together to provide our own continuing comics education. Meetings take place in the Akin St. Clair Studio at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Open to everyone and anyone interested in creating comics!

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Akin St Clair Mural Unveiling
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Akin St Clair Mural Unveiling

This summer, Akin hosted a series of workshops and community open-house events at our St Clair Studios in partnership with StreetARToronto - a program of the City of Toronto, Transportation Services Division. Our aim was to have the surrounding neighbourhood involved in the creation of a community mural on the side of our artist studio. Join us on September 8 for the unveiling celebration of the finished product! Stay tuned for more information. 

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Rooftop Film Screening at Akin King
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Rooftop Film Screening at Akin King

Join us for Akin's inaugural film night. Featuring films created and produced by local artists.

Location: Akin King Studios - Rooftop Patio (511 King St. W, 4th Fl.)
Doors at 8pm, films at sundown (8:30pm).
PWYC ($10 suggested) https://bit.ly/2nY1RIg

Space is limited so please reserve your seats via the ticketing link. Seating is first-come-first-serve. We recommend wearing warm clothes and BYOBlanket.

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Akin Studio Program Open House at the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Akin Studio Program Open House at the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada

We invite you to come and visit the studios during the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada on September 22 and 23, 2018 from 10am-5pm. The Akin Studio Program is located on the 4th floor. Following the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning, explore all five floors of the museum all weekend for free! An Akin staff member will be on site on to answers questions about Akin. Several artists will be in attendance throughout the weekend. 

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Akin Studio Program Open House at the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Akin Studio Program Open House at the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada

  • MOCA Toronto Canada, 4th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We invite you to come and visit the studios during the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada on September 22 and 23, 2018 from 10am-5pm. The Akin Studio Program is located on the 4th floor. Following the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning, explore all five floors of the museum all weekend for free! An Akin staff member will be on site on to answers questions about Akin. Several artists will be in attendance throughout the weekend. 

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Akin D.I.Y. Comics School Meeting #3
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Akin D.I.Y. Comics School Meeting #3

The Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School is a group that meets the first Monday of every month with the goal of working together to provide our own continuing comics education. Meetings take place in the Akin St. Clair Studio at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Open to everyone and anyone interested in creating comics!

Our next meeting is happening on Wednesday September 5 from 7-9:30pm (we will not be meeting on the first Monday of September because it is a holiday). This is a member-led initiative that will develop and change over time with participation from everyone. Anyone interested in comic making is welcome to join for one or all of our monthly meetings. Participation is free, materials are provided. 

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Desire Lines Exhibition Opening Reception
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Desire Lines Exhibition Opening Reception

‘Desire Lines’ is an exhibition of ten contemporary artists who identify as newcomers and/or refugees to Toronto and are members of Akin Collective. Similar to the ways that multiple ambitions may shift and combine before being set in a concrete path, this collection of work expresses the unifying experiences that exist within individual paths.

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Maldewin Weskijinu / Blood Soaked Soil Public Launch
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Maldewin Weskijinu / Blood Soaked Soil Public Launch

All are welcome to attend the free public launch of Maldewin Weskijin.

Artist, writer, and illustrator Louis Esmé (Mi’kmaq, Acadian, Irish) is a Two-Spirit, non-binary person, and co-founder of Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak Bluejays Dancing Together Collective, which gathers knowledge, stories, and desires for re-urbanized Two-Spirit people and their relations.

They have created eight distinct clay areas in the Gardiner to represent the eight Mi’kmaqi districts. Made during a six-month residency at AkinCollective's studios, these districts feature conical vessels that reference ancestral Wabanaki forms. They are activated by visitors and through an audio installation by musician Christa Couture.

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Akin Kids Kite Making Workshop
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Akin Kids Kite Making Workshop

During this workshop artist Andrew Maize will guide participants through the construction and flight of their very own serpent kite.

Maize will present a brief introduction to kites and kite making. Participants will then be guided through the creation of their own serpent kite followed by flight time in the park. All kites will be constructed with the use of recycled plastic bags.

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Love Languages and Prioritizing Platonic Intimacy by Akin x 187
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Love Languages and Prioritizing Platonic Intimacy by Akin x 187

Exploring the importance of intimacy and support of friendship and community, artist Rebecca Zala will explore the 5 Love Languages Model of Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Gifts as they relate to platonic relationships through a workshop and group discussion. Awareness of eachother’s Love Languages helps us understand both how to express our own needs, and how to meet the unique needs of our loved ones. 

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Akin Comics D.I.Y. School Meeting #2
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Comics D.I.Y. School Meeting #2

Hey you!  Ya you, the one with the comic book head, if you are interested in continuing your education and development as a cartoonist and in helping others do the same, please come out and join us Monday, August 6, from 7pm to 9:30ish at the Akin St. Clair Studio in the “Don’s Meats” building at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West.

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Akin at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Akin at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada’s largest, longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. Founded in 1961, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair was established to put contemporary visual artists and makers at the front and centre of their works, in direct contact with the public, to nurture artistic excellence and artists’ entrepreneurial spirit. This free public event showcases works by over 340 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics, and attracts 115,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

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First meeting of the Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School !
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

First meeting of the Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School !

You are invited to the first meeting of the Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School!

If you are interested in continuing your education and development as a cartoonist and in helping others do the same, please come out and join us Monday, July 2nd, from 7pm to 9:30ish at the Akin St. Clair Studio in the “Don’s Meats” building at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West.

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Akin Vitrine Gallery + Andrew Kennedy
Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

Akin Vitrine Gallery + Andrew Kennedy

‘Fighting Alone’ by Andrew Kennedy have moved north to Akin St. Clair Studios. 'Fighting Alone' explores issues surrounding human agency, individual dignity, and political demoralization. What might be more important; the group someone belongs to, or their capacity as an individual? Whose job is it to ‘fix’ the problems of our society; is it the citizen or the politician? Can human beings who tend to find meaning in life through their realization as an individual, also find meaning in group responsibility? The viewer is encouraged to bring their own thoughts and beliefs when considering the installation. After all, there are no ‘hard truths’ when contemplating the ephemeral atmosphere surrounding the current human condition.

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