Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery is now accepting applications from arts organizations and groups of four or more artists to exhibit in 2024. Complete the application form and apply by May 1.

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

General Admission


Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 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.


399 The West Mall

Artwork will not be accepted if:

  • It has been previously exhibited at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery.
  • The work was demonstrated by instructors.
  • It is a copy of a work by another artist (whether paintings, photographs, illustrations).
  • It is a digital reproduction of the original artist’s work.
  • Photography only: if the image is a reproduction of someone else’s work (e.g. graffiti, public art) that has not been creatively interpreted.
  • It is wet and/or is not “show ready” at the time of drop-off
  • The work doesn’t conform to our requirements (see below).


  • All artwork must have a label on the reverse with the title, artist name, media, and price.
  • If any contact information (phone, address, email, etc.) is included on the labels, the artist must be acting in a professional or business capacity, and it is therefore not considered personal information. Please do not include contact information on temporary front labels.


  • Insurance is provided to protect the art work from vandalism and theft.
  • A value must be given for all works submitted, even if it is not for sale. In the event of a loss, verification of the value of the artwork will be required.
  • Although reasonable care will be exercised when handling entries at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, the gallery is not responsible for accidental glass breakage or damage to other fragile articles, including frames.

Delivery and Pickup:

  • Works must be delivered and picked up on the required date and time. There is no secure storage or insurance coverage after the pickup date and time.
  • All art work – including sold works – must hang in the Gallery until the show is completed.
  • The artist may appoint somebody else to deliver or pick up their work, but this must be pre-arranged in writing with the group’s convenor.

Terms for 2D Artwork:

Hanging System:

  • All 2D works must be framed and suitably wired for hanging on our rod and clamp system. Wall nails are not used.

Works on Canvas:

  • Canvas-wrapped stretcher frames are acceptable. If the edges of the canvas are showing, they must be finished.


  • Two-dimensional works that are 16 x 20 inches or smaller may, at gallery staff discretion, either be double hung or placed in one of the display cases.
  • Please check with gallery staff if your work exceeds 6 feet in any dimension.

Glass vs. Plexiglass:

  • The gallery is in a busy, public hallway. All works that are not oil or acrylic must be protected either by glass, Plexiglass or a coating on the media itself. Encaustic works must be hard or coated. Any work that is deemed fragile by gallery staff or volunteers can only be displayed if a waiver is signed by the artist.
  • Plexiglass must be used in place of glass if any side dimension exceeds 40 inches. Artists must identify on the front of the art work if Plexiglas has been used.


  • The gallery has the right to reject faulty or poorly wired frames. A sufficient gauge of wire and screw eyes for the weight of the art work must be properly mounted. Single strand wire or wire substitutes will not stand up to the necessary handling. Artists are responsible for any damage caused by faulty hanging equipment.
  • We can hang textile works, as long as there is a sleeve at the top of the artwork that we can place a rod through.
  • If the work is deemed fragile, the artist will need to sign a waiver upon check in.
  • The ends of the wire must be covered with masking tape or equivalent, to ensure there is no potential for injury during the frame check, carrying and hanging process.
  • Each artwork must have rings or screw eyes on both sides at the back of the frame or canvas, with the wire (in its hung position) is at least 3 inches below the top of the frame (so that the clamp will not show). If the piece is larger, please aim to have the wire sit one third of an inch from the top.

Terms for 3D Artwork:


  • 3D artwork must be able to be placed in one of our display cases. The gallery is in a busy, public hallway, and we cannot accommodate works that exceed the size of our cases. No works may be placed on the floor of the gallery.

We have six display cases. The case sizes are as follows, however works must fit within the cases:

  • 60″ L x 36″ W x 32″ H
  • 60″ L x 36″ W x 32″ H
  • 32″ L x 16″ W x 28″ H
  • 30″ L x 30″ W x 35″ H
  • 28″ L x 14″ W x 22″ H
  • 24″ L x 12″ W x 18″ H

Gallery Rights:

Non-conforming works:

  • The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery reserves the right to reject any works that do not conform to the above Terms of Entry.

Subject Matter:

  • The Gallery reserves the right of final decision on suitability of subject matter.
  • The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery reserves the right to reject any works that do not conform to the City of Toronto Workplace Human Rights Policy.


  • The gallery reserves the right to use images of works on display as part of promotional materials for both the gallery and the exhibition, either online or in print. If you wish to have your work excluded, you must notify gallery staff or volunteers when dropping off the artwork.


  • The gallery reserves the right to arrange the artworks to determine the layout of the exhibition.

Download the ECCAG Terms of Entry.

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. It is wheelchair accessible and there is no admission fee. Please see the Hours and Directions section for more information on planning your trip to the gallery.

The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery is 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