Akin Summer Gallery Crawl
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Akin Summer Gallery Crawl

Akin Projects invites you to join us for special tours of the current exhibitions at some of Toronto's best and brightest galleries in the West End, followed by a free reception at Akin Collective Dupont Studios with Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.

Come along as gallery directors and staff provide special walkthroughs and tours of their current shows, and answer your questions!

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Akin Show and Tell - Akin St Clair
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show and Tell - Akin St Clair

Every month Akin hosts a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios or at one of our partner organizations' locations. 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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Financial Planning for Artists Workshop
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Financial Planning for Artists Workshop

An artist’s step-by-step, beginner’s guide to financial planning. 

Wednesday June 6 / Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall - 100 Queen St West / 6:30-8:30pm / PWYC (Suggested Donation $10) / Please register to attend at www.universe.com/artfinance2018

Many artists wonder if they can afford to do what they love. You can with a plan! Join us for an evening full of financial strategies that will help you make the most of your money, so you can make the most of your practice.

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Akin Vitrine Galleries - month long exhibitions
Jun
1
9:00 AM09:00

Akin Vitrine Galleries - month long exhibitions

Akin Collective + Akin Projects are excited to present our 2018 programming in two Vitrine Galleries, one a recent addition to our St. Clair studios and our original location at our Dupont studios which launched on October 1, 2016. These miniature galleries will feature the diverse talent of our studio members with travelling installations rotating each month. Each artist will be featured for the first month at Akin Dupont and second month at Akin St. Clair. For more information about our artists and our programming join us on Instagram @akinvitrine.

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Community Arts Space Open Studio: Treaty Talk with Akin King artist Louis Esmé this Saturday at the Gardiner Museum
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Community Arts Space Open Studio: Treaty Talk with Akin King artist Louis Esmé this Saturday at the Gardiner Museum

Part of the Community Arts Space: Recent Histories at the Gardiner Museum, Treaty Talk is Co-presented with Akin King artist Louis Esmé and Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak Bluejays Dancing Together Collective. 

Join knowledgeable community members Jodi Lynn Maracle (Kanien’kehá:ka) and Shane H. Camastro (anishinaabe) in this short, interactive workshop on Treaty relationships and responsibilities in Dish with One Spoon Territory. As practicing artists and educators from this place, they will facilitate activities and discussions to root community arts and museum practices in these original agreements.


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 Walnut Studio Art Supply Drive
May
25
4:00 PM16:00

Walnut Studio Art Supply Drive

There is going to be an Art Supply Drive this Friday, May 25th to help the Walnut Studios artists who lost everything in a devastating fire this past weekend. All donations are appreciated, as even studios located at the opposite end of the building have had extensive damage due to toxic smoke and ash resulting from the flames. 

The drive will take place at 229 Niagara Street from 4-7pm, just north of King at Acme Coworking.

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Sneak Peek of the Akin Studio Program at MOCA
May
23
12:00 PM12:00

Sneak Peek of the Akin Studio Program at MOCA

One weekend every year, Doors Open Toronto provides an opportunity to explore some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city – many of which are not usually open to the public.

Akin would like to invite you to join us this weekend at 158 Sterling Road as the doors open to a sneak preview of the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA). Featuring all five floors of the museum. MOCA will be open 12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday for Doors Open Toronto. Last entry will be at 4:30pm.

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AKin Show and Tell - Akin Sunrise
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

AKin Show and Tell - Akin Sunrise

Every month Akin hosts a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios or at one of our partner organizations' locations. 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.

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Earth Day Community Clean Up
Apr
22
9:45 AM09:45

Earth Day Community Clean Up

Join Akin artists, friends and neighbors on Earth Day for a casual community clean up followed by a free beer and a snack courtesy of Henderson Brewing Co. Limit of one beer and snack per person in exchange for a bag of garbage. 

Rain or shine! Gloves and garbage bags will be provided by Akin. Please RSVP on this Facebook Event Page so we know how much supplies we need. Everyone is welcome to participate but you must be legal drinking age to receive your free beer. Garbage pick-up has been arranged by Henderson Brewing Co.
 

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Akin Creative: Introduction to Embroidery Workshop
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Akin Creative: Introduction to Embroidery Workshop

Join embroidery artist Claire Davis to learn the basics of embroidery and some historical context on this feminist practise.

In this workshop, we'll be talking about exploring gender through art and reclaiming women's crafts as fine art mediums. We will become familiarized with beginner stitching techniques and some embroidery favourites, like sewing three-dimensional roses.

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Akin Creative: Intro to Pysanky Egg Decorating
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Akin Creative: Intro to Pysanky Egg Decorating

Learn traditional techniques to decorate your own festive egg! Eggs are decorated with designs in the technique known as "wax resist". Traditional symbols, designs and patterns are applied with melted beeswax using a tool called a kistka. Eggs are then dipped into successively darker dye baths. At the end of the process the beeswax is melted off to reveal a dazzling display of colour.

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Whose Community?
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Whose Community?

“Whose Community?” is a drop-in event that aims to debunk existing tensions in the word “community” while fostering an environment wherein the language of social justice and communal change is accessible to individuals of various backgrounds (including education, class, and ethnicity). 

We invite residents from the Junction Triangle, Parkdale and Bloordale to share the wealth of resources available in their neighbourhood by participating in an ongoing community map-making session.

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Aki Show and Tell - Artist Merchandise
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Aki Show and Tell - Artist Merchandise

This is a special Show and Tell for artist's who create merchandise! Connect with your peers at this collaborative, conversational event. Share your skills, resources, and ideas, and have your questions answered. Please come prepared to talk and share your thoughts and process about your own creative work. 

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Kavin Vitrine Gallery + Kayla Polan
Mar
1
9:00 AM09:00

Kavin Vitrine Gallery + Kayla Polan

  • Akin Vitrine Galler: Dupont Studios, second floor hallway (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Exploring themes of consensual BDSM practices, alternative relationship lifestyles, and fetishism, Kayla delves into ideas surrounding chastity in her installation Romance For Two: Key To My Heart or Unlockable Shackles? In this work she investigates how sexuality is bound with power and inequality in complicated ways. Chastity belts in BDSM may be used to prevent the wearer from engaging in sexual activity without the permission of the dominant, who acts as a key holder. In this romantic picnic scene, Kayla questions how philosophical issues of purity, morality, and innocence have shaped us.

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Akin Show & Tell - Akin Lansdowne
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show & Tell - Akin Lansdowne

Every month Akin host’s a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios or at one of our partner organizations. 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.

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Valentine's Card Making Party
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Valentine's Card Making Party

Akin Projects and Farside Studio are excited to present this casual, drop-in crafting party! Join us in the studio and make a card for your best friend, neighbour, significant other, worst enemy or a complete stranger! All materials are provided. Please note this is a 19+ event. 

You will be provided with one card per PWYC donation (donations go to Akin Projects, registered not-for-profit arts organization). The cards are made of heavy-duty hemp card stock, cut and scored to make a 4”x6” card. Each card comes with a brightly-colored 4”x6” envelope. You can decorate the card and envelope however you wish!

Decorating supplies will be provided including:
- a variety of coloured and patterned paper
- pencil crayons, markers and pens
- watercolour paints and brushes
- spirograph
- stamps and ink
- stickers
- stencils
- scissors
- glue
- glitter, beads, ribbon and more!

Feel free to bring additional supplies!

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Akin & Queers for Dinner Potluck Party
Jan
26
6:30 PM18:30

Akin & Queers for Dinner Potluck Party

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 a special art-making collage activity. All are welcome - bring friends and some tasty treats! Vegetarian soup, bread and some yummy mac and cheese will be provided.

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Ceramics Show & Tell at the Gardiner Museum
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Ceramics Show & Tell at the Gardiner Museum

Informative, supportive and fun—this is a time for artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual (this time a museum!) setting. Feel free to bring art to share, bring a friend or two or just bring yourself. Come for the conversation about art, or just to meet other artists and makers.

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Grant Writing 101 by Ontario Arts Council
Jan
11
6:30 PM18:30

Grant Writing 101 by Ontario Arts Council

  • Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Akin and the Ontario Arts Council to learn how to learn more about how to get grants from the people that give them!

Writing grants is a significant part of many artist's careers- so let's learn how to do it properly! This interactive workshop will explore the process of planning, writing and submitting grant proposals to different governing bodies. As a major funder themselves, the Ontario Arts Council provides clear examples of the grant writing process and the various the dos and don'ts of everything from creating your budget to organizing your support material and work plan. Following this, there will be an extensive Q&A period.
 

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 Akin Creative: Card Making Party!
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Akin Creative: Card Making Party!

Akin Projects and Farside Studio are excited to present this casual, drop-in crafting party! Join us in the studio and make a card for your best friend, neighbour, significant other, worst enemy or a complete stranger! All materials are provided. 

You will be provided with one card per PWYC donation (donations go to Akin Projects, registered not-for-profit arts organization). The cards are made of heavy-duty hemp card stock, cut and scored to make a 4”x6” card. Each card comes with a brightly-colored 4”x6” envelope. You can decorate the card and envelope however you wish!

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Akin Show & Tell #62: Dufferin
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show & Tell #62: Dufferin

On the last Wednesday of every month Akin host’s a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios. 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. 

Please note: There will not be a Show and Tell in December, but we will resume in the new year! 

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Forge Professional Workshop Series: Tax Workshop for Artists and Creatives
Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

Forge Professional Workshop Series: Tax Workshop for Artists and Creatives

Tax season can be a particularly stressful and confusing time for artists, performers and other creatives. This workshop will help you to be prepared for next year! Atbooks Tax Preparer Tova Epp will touch on some of the most important tax topics for artists including: tax preparation, deductions, tax deadlines, HST, how to handle grants, T4s and more. The session is suitable for artists who are new to filing taxes or those who are looking for a refresher.

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Akin Creative: Monotype Printmaking Workshop w/ Gabriel Deerman
Nov
24
6:00 PM18:00

Akin Creative: Monotype Printmaking Workshop w/ Gabriel Deerman

Akin Projects and the Toronto School of Art are excited to bring back this popular hands-on workshop suitable for all experience levels. Monotype printing is a painterly and direct process of applying ink or paint to a plate (in this case plexi glass) and transferring that image to paper using an etching press or pin press - creating one of a kind prints.

In this workshop artist Gabriel Deerman will introduce you to monotype printing with watercolour paint. Each participant will have time to produce and print two plates, resulting in finished original works on paper.
 

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