MOCA is happy to be partnering with Akin to provide affordable rental space to 20+ visual artists and cultural practitioners.
Akin will facilitate the rental of artist studios on Floor 4 of the museum through a selection process that prioritizes artists who live and work in the Junction neighbourhood. Akin and MOCA will ensure that artists occupying the spaces reflect the diversity of Toronto’s population. Selected artists will be invited to move their studio into the museum for a term of one year and will share their practices with the museum’s visitors through programs such as open studio events.
Floor 4 of MOCA will integrate these studios, with residencies and a workshop space for educational programs. The studios will vary in size from approximately 50 to 250 square feet and will be designed by Akin to create a light and welcoming environment for artists to develop their work. Similar to Akin’s other seven locations, the space will foster a community atmosphere and the exchange of ideas.
For more information about the selection process for the Akin Studio Program please visit akin.art/moca
Akin was founded in 2008 with a modest 600 square foot loft at 48 Abell st. on Queen West in Toronto. Initially set up as a small studio for a group of friends, the organization has since grown to become the largest provider of shared studios in Toronto. Akin provides affordable rental space to nearly 300 visual artists, designers and other creatives. The studios maintain a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavours and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. Akin is currently comprised of 16 commercial units covering nearly 30,000 square feet of space across its seven locations at Dufferin & Queen W, Lansdowne & Bloor, Dupont & Symington, Ossington & Dupont, St.Clair & Keele, River & Dundas W, Victoria Park & Eglinton, and soon at MOCA on Sterling Road with its specifically designed studio program operating in the museum.
In addition to providing affordable studio space Akin has developed a range of arts programming opportunities through the non-profit Akin Projects. Various arts focused programs and educational events are hosted by Akin Projects on an ongoing basis. These include over 60 events each year across three streams: professional development opportunities for practicing artists, creative workshops and programs, and community engagement projects with marginalized groups. As a matter of principle all Akin events are free or low cost and are open to the public. In many cases Akin partners with other organizations to provide these offerings. Partners have included: MOCA, AGO, CAMH, The Power Plant, Canadian Art Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, West Neighbourhood House, the Drake Hotel, the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, OCADU, Soho House, and Sunday Drive Art Projects.