Call for Submissions: Ascent Gallery 2024 Exhibitions

Ascent Gallery invites emerging visual artists from Toronto to submit applications to exhibit and sell their work in 2024. Ascent Gallery is a new gallery opening in the fall of 2023 on the lower level of the Etobicoke Civic Centre, dedicated to celebrating and showcasing works by under-represented artists.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2023, 4:00 pm EDT

Who can apply?
Emerging artists and collectives can submit applications. Emerging artists are defined as artists who have begun to exhibit their work in a public context, having a limited amount of experience in the field but beginning to gain recognition for their artwork through gallery exhibitions, grants, commissions or sales of their work and are at least 18 years of age. This includes artists with an exhibition record of five years or less, artists who have been practicing for five years or less and post-secondary students. When applying as a collective, all members of the collective must be emerging artists.

$350.00 +HST, for a full 9 to 10 week exhibition in 2024. There is no fee to apply. Only approved applications are required to pay the exhibition fee. The gallery takes no commission on sales.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form
  • 10 to 15 images with a list of artwork
  • CV

How to apply:

About Ascent Gallery:
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, Deaf and disabled persons and 2SLGBTQIA+. The gallery is owned and operated by the City of Toronto, Arts Services.

The gallery is a public space, displaying artworks in the halls on the lower floor of the Etobicoke Civic Centre. Wall space is approximately 80 feet.

Ascent Gallery
399 The West Mall
Toronto, Ontario M9C 2Y2
Phone: 416-394-8628

About City of Toronto’s Cultural Centres & Galleries
Toronto’s Cultural Centres & Galleries comprise four unique sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto. They include Assembly Hall, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Clark Centre for the Arts and Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery. Collectively the centres present over 40 gallery shows annually, showcasing works by more than 800 artists, and offer close to 150 art programs each year in collaboration with some 70+ community partners.

More information about the City of Toronto’s Cultural Centres & Galleries can be found at or by following City of Toronto Culture on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

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