Etibicoke Community CentreVolunteer committee members program exhibitions, coordinate installations and work with City staff to maintain and promote this public gallery.

The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery was established in 1976 and exhibits art by local, national and international art organizations. The art gallery is operated by the City of Toronto and has presented more than 400 art exhibitions throughout its history. Browse through exhibits at the gallery where select groups of artists share their inspiring artistic visions.

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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.

Volunteers have always been key to the gallery's success. From 1976 to 1987, the Etobicoke City Hall Gallery Committee was responsible for all aspects of gallery operations. Throughout the four decades, volunteer committee members have programmed the exhibitions, coordinated installations and worked with city staff to maintain and promote this wonderful public gallery, for the benefit of everyone who visits the Etobicoke Civic Centre.

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Admission

Admission to the gallery is free.

Hours of Operation

Weekdays - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weekends - 9 a.m. - 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 Burhamthorpe #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.

For Exhibiting Artists

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The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery is now accepting applications from arts organizations and artist groups to exhibit in 2018. Please note that we are already fully booked for the 2017 calendar year. The upcoming deadlines to submit your application are September 1, 2017 and April 1, 2018. The Gallery Committee meets twice per year to evaluate applications.

For this purpose, art groups are defined as collectives with more than six members. We do not hold solo exhibitions. If you are looking for a solo exhibition, please check out our sister gallery at the Assembly Hall.

Situated within the Etobicoke Civic Centre, the gallery displays works in the halls and foyer, along with several small display cases, in the Centre Block on the main floor. Hanging space is approximately 230 feet, allowing for 40 – 70 works, depending on the size and media. The gallery is public space, visited by both dedicated gallery viewers and all visitors to the Civic Centre.

There are usually 10 shows annually with most of the exhibitions running for one month each. July/August and December/January shows are often combined. The gallery is usually booked at least a year in advance.

Application Process

To request an ECCAG application form, please contact the gallery by phone or email at 416-394-8628 or eccartgallery@toronto.ca . The application deadlines are April 1 and September 1 every year. Completed applications can be submitted electronically or mailed to: Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, 399 The West Mall, Etobicoke ON M9C 2Y2.

Please contact Katriina Campitelli at 416-394-8628 or eccartgallery@toronto.ca for more information.

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Terms of Entry for All Participants

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)
  •  the work doesn't conform to our requirements (see below)


Labels

  • 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

  • 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. All reasonable care will be exercised in handling entries while at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery. The gallery is not responsible for accidental breakage of glass or other fragile article damage 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.


Sizing

  • Two-dimensional works that are 16" x 20" 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. Plexiglas

  • The gallery is in a busy, public hallway. All works that are not oil or acrylic must be protected either by glass, Plexiglas 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.
  • Plexiglas 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.


Wiring

  • 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/canvas, with the wire (in its hung position) is at least 3" 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 1/3 from the top.
  • Each artwork must have rings or screw eyes on both sides at the back of the frame/canvas, with the wire (in its hung position) is at least 3" 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 1/3 from the top. 

Terms for 3D Artwork

Sizing

  • 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:
    • 1.60" L x 36" W x 32"
    • 60" L x 36" W x 32"
    • 32" L x 16" W x 28"
    • 30" L x 30" W x 35"
    • 28" L x 14" W x 22"
    • 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.Promotion

Promotion

  • 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.

Download the ECCAG Terms of Entry (PDF) that you just read above.