Ascent Gallery is now accepting applications from early career artists and collectives to exhibit in 2025. Learn more and apply by July 15.

 

The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery presents a wide range of visual art exhibitions celebrating juried and curated shows. Situated within the Etobicoke Civic Centre, this large public gallery provides free and accessible opportunities for visitors to enjoy and engage with the artwork on display.

Located on the lower level, the Ascent Galley is dedicated to exhibiting works by emerging artists from diverse communities who live in Toronto.

General Admission

Free

Hours of Operation

Main Gallery

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday & Statutory holidays: Closed

Ascent Gallery

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday & Statutory holidays: Closed

Elevator access to Ascent Gallery: Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Driving Directions

From Highway 401 or the QEW, take Highway 427 to the Burnhamthorpe Road West exit. Turn south onto The West Mall. The gallery is located in the Etobicoke Civic Centre, on the southeast corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall.

By Transit

From Kipling subway station, take the West Mall #112 bus to Civic Centre Court. From Islington subway station, take the Burnhamthorpe #50 bus to The West Mall. The gallery is located in the Etobicoke Civic Centre, on the southeast corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall.

Location

399 The West Mall

Main Gallery (Ground Level – L2)

Ascent Gallery (Lower Level – L1)

The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery opened in May 1976 and was designed as both a showcase for local artists and a cultural uplift to the newly renovated civic centre. While Etobicoke arts groups have always been a mainstay, the gallery has also brought the world of art to our community, with national and international shows featuring works from artists across the globe, including Japan, Korea, Hungary and Latin America. More than 400 shows have been displayed over the past four decades.

The gallery is located within the main floor foyers and halls of the Etobicoke Civic Centre’s Central Block.

In 2023, the Ascent Gallery opened on Level 1 of the Etobicoke Civic Centre’s Central Block. Dedicated to emerging artists, the Ascent Gallery the gallery welcomes emerging individual artists and/or artist collectives, with a focus on artists who identify as IBPOC, disabled persons and 2SLGBTQIA+.

Both spaces are wheelchair accessible.

The Etobicoke Civic Centre and Ascent Galleries are managed by the City of Toronto. The gallery is supported by a volunteer committee, who work with staff to evaluate gallery applications and install and promote the exhibitions. If you would like more information on volunteering, please email eccartgallery@toronto.ca.