AKIN COMMUNITY & CAMH: Call for Submissions - Youth Arts Programming

FORGE: Workshop - Free Legal Advice for Artists & Creatives


April 18 / 6:30pm - 8:30pm / City Hall, Committee Room 2

Presentation, Discussion & Q& Q

FREE- Must Reserve Seat- https://www.universe.com/freelegaladvice

When is a lawyer necessary? How do protect my images? Is this contract binding? Is this agreement fair?

In this workshop participants will discuss the various legal concerns or issues artists and creatives should be informed about- ranging from copyrights, consignments, trademarks, patents, agreements and more.

After providing advice on each of these topics, Matthew Wiens and the Pro Bono Ontario team will offer specific advice to participants about any questions or concerns they may have and help you get find free legal help.

**Have something you'd like to make sure is discussed in the presentation? Let us know on our Facebook Event Page**

Akin Spring Gallery Crawl


Please join us for special tours of the current exhibitions at some of Toronto's best and brightest galleries on Dupont.

Saturday, April 16: 12-4pm





Bring friends! All are welcome, open to the public. 

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Thesis Award Winners

Congratulations to Annunziata Morant and Jennifer Byrnes, the recipients of our first annual student Thesis Award, a collaboration between ARTiculationsGraven Feather and AKIN Collective!
Annunziata and Jennifer will both receive two week solo exhibitions in addition to credit for studio. Overwhelmed by the response, we extend a huge thank you to all of the applicants from post secondary institutions across the province and we look forward to seeing you at the opening receptions in May!

Cloth Dripping, Solo Exhibition by Mary Grisey at Xpace Cultural Centre

Opening Reception: Friday, March 18, 2016 7-10pm
Location: Xpace Cultural Centre, 303 Lansdowne Avenue, Unit 2, Toronto
Exhibition dates: March 18-April 30, 2016

“…cloth dripping…” (Sappho, fragment 119).

Sappho was an ancient poet whose words were meant to be sung. Cloth Dripping weaves together sculptural and sonic elements inspired by fragments of Sappho’s poetry to create a continuous fabric of a multi-sensorial environment. Ruinous forms of terra cotta structures will be situated among the weavings with traces of fingerprints, gestures and lost scripts. In this exhibition, the audience is welcomed into a liminal space where traces of the past echo the fragments of her poems and the ruinous materiality of Grisey’s sculptural work.



Mary Grisey is a sculptural installation artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She received an MFA in the Visual Arts program at York University in Toronto, a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Painting and Drawing from Marist College. She has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago, Kentucky, San Francisco and Toronto. She was recently awarded the Windgate full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for the Spring of 2016. Select solo exhibitions include Of Becoming at York University (2014), Sung From the Mouth of Cumae at The Art Gallery of Mississauga (2015) and Cloth Dripping at Xpace Gallery (2016). Select group exhibitions include Refined Linen at Katzman Contemporary (2014), Long Winter at The Great Hall (2015) and Escape Plans at YTB Gallery (2015).

PROSPECTOR Solo Exhibition by Sara Pearson at Project Gallery

Opening Reception:
 Thursday March 17, 6-9pm
Location: Project Gallery, 1109 Queen Street East, Toronto

Exhibition Dates: March 17 - April 3, 2016
The paintings and sculptures in PROSPECTOR, inspired by geological and gemmological formations, remind us of the strange and sublime beauty of nature. Gemstones, as coveted objects, present a complicated relationship between the natural world and us; As we hunt, collect and refine them, they become instilled with human values. In this body of work, Sara Pearson deconstructs and reinterprets their forms, removing facets and breaking stones into abstract shards, highlighting internal depths and building new structure. By pulling apart our vision of the perfect gem, she removes preconceived notions attached to it and focuses us on its extraordinariness. Pearson navigates this course through her early relationship to these materials; Growing up in her father’s jewellery studio instilled a sense of wonder in the presence of these otherworldly objects. She continues to live in awe of them, relating her art practice to that of an explorer, a treasure hunter.

Pearson chooses subjects and materials for their relationship to the natural world, using the optical phenomena that exist within cut gemstones to inspire her oil paintings; bronze, copper, marble, and terra-skin paper made from stone are some of the materials that form her sculptures and installations. Working primarily with “analogue” methods, she plays with the dichotomy of traditional process in an increasingly digital world, pushing abstraction while honouring the process of mimesis.

Sara Pearson is a Toronto based artist who graduated with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.


Assembled by Philip a show of Artist's Work & Found Objects

Opening night: Thursday March 17th from 4-9pm at 651 St Clair West


AKIN CRIT 42: Lansdowne Studio
Ideas + Discussion + Brews + Food + Debate

Wednesday, March 30, 7pm
Studio 101, 87 Wade Avenue

BYOA - Bring Your Own Art
BYOI - Bring Your Own Ideas

Discuss what you're working on and get useful, friendly feedback and answers from Toronto's creative community and fellow artists. 

*Free and all are welcome to participate or just come and listen*

Also, feel free to BYOB