For 25 years Arts Etobicoke’s EDGE: Youth Art Show has offered high-school-aged youth a non-juried opportunity to showcase their artwork alongside their peers in a professional exhibition setting. Each year, the show features artwork from hundreds of students and dozens of schools. In addition to exhibiting in a professional space, EDGE: Youth Art Show gives youth the opportunity to meet their peers, get feedback from professional artists, and network in the arts community.

We are excited to celebrate this incredible milestone- 25 years of the EDGE: Youth Art Show! This year, teachers will have the opportunity to showcase student artwork both in-person at the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries and in an online gallery. In addition, we are excited to bring back our online workshops, professional development opportunities, and a virtual exhibition where visitors will be able to curate their own show!

To celebrate our EDGE: Youth Art Show 25th anniversary, we are also giving students more opportunity to have their voice heard and share their perspective on life in our great city. There will be a section of the exhibition dedicated to the theme Life in the City: Movement, Gathering and Belonging. Our online Be The Curator feature will allow students the opportunity to curate their own show from the digital submissions around the same theme. Prizes will be awarded to students for in-person and online submissions.

The Edge: Youth Art Show is a free program. Financial contributions help Arts Etobicoke continue to offer free and accessible art programs. If you are a teacher and your school is able to contribute financially to support student initiatives, please indicate in the form linked below.


Submission Guidelines

  • We will be accepting a maximum of 8 submissions for the in-person exhibition and up to 16 submissions for the online exhibition. It can be the same or different from the in-person artwork. 
    • Artworks can be paintings, drawings, photographs, digital artwork, and sculpture, but unfortunately no videos or movie files.  
  • Accepted file formats: JPG or PNG.
  • Images should be between 1-5 MB (maximum) 
    • Avoid shrinking down images to maintain quality
  • Please consider lighting and cropping 
    • Submissions should be full images with no background or awkward cropping
  • Note, you may assign the formatting of the images to your students
  • You may submit multiple students’ work at the same time. 

For questions, please contact Special Projects Manager, John Del Rosario at john@artsetobicoke.com or call 647-806-8731.

Artwork Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 14, 2022


The 2022 EDGE: Youth Art Show is generously supported by the School of Cities at the University of Toronto with continued support from the Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber and OCAD University