Registration is now open for visual arts courses and workshops.

Located inside Guild Park and Gardens, the Clark Centre for the Arts is a stunning new cultural facility that houses specialized art studios and gallery spaces that Toronto residents and visitors can enjoy year-round. The Centre will provide rental opportunities and deliver close to 90 accessible arts programs annually, including art courses, workshops and camps.

Guild Park and Gardens is a unique 88-acre site on the Scarborough Bluffs that includes forests, shoreline and a collection of architectural fragments, sculptures and buildings.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed on statutory holidays.

Location

191 Guildwood Pkwy.

Limited free parking is available.

Public Transit

From Kennedy Station, take the 116 bus to Guildwood Pkwy at Guild Inn East Side.

For specific TTC route and schedule information call 416-393-4636 or visit the TTC website.

Clark Centre for the Arts offers a variety of visual arts workshops for children and adults. Pre-registration is required.

Browse the Fall 2022 & Winter 2023 art courses and workshops online or open the brochure.

Registration for fall programs is open. Registration for winter programs opens on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 a.m.

How to Register

Visit https://efun.toronto.caYou will need the following information:

  • client number
  • family number
  • course code
  • credit card

To obtain your client and family numbers, please call Client Services at 416-396-7378. Staff are dedicated to providing timely, accessible and high-quality services to the public and will take all reasonable measures to accommodate accessibility needs. Please contact Clark Centre for the Arts, if you have any special needs requirements. The Clark Centre for the Arts is excluded from Parks, Forestry and Recreation policies and procedures, including the Welcome Policy.

Thomas Brasch (he/him)

Thomas Brasch (B.A., B.Ed., MBA) devoted thirty years to education before embarking on a career in photography. Completely self-taught in the discipline, he is able to showcase his perceptions of beauty, turning the real into surreal.

With a background in sciences, languages, education and business, Brasch blends his skills and applies them to his artistic practice. His style of abstraction is multi-layered, providing underlying statements to the aesthetics and his work highlights his various discoveries, from ancient to the modern. Learn more about Thomas Brasch.

About the Artist Residency Program

The Clark’s Artist Residency program provides Toronto artists with opportunities to think, experiment, work and create in an artistic lakeside yet urban environment. Emerging and mid-career professional artists will conclude the residency with a one-month exhibition in Gallery 191.

There are three different artist-in-residence opportunities:

  1. Emerging artist residency for six months (January to June 2023)
  2. Emerging artist residency for six months (July to December 2023)
  3. Mid-career artist residency for one year (January to December 2023).

No fee is required for submitting an application.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Apply to the Artist Residency Program 

National Film Board of Canada Screenings: Hands of History

Date: October 1 to 31
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Film Duration: 52 minutes

In this acclaimed 1994 documentary, Loretta Todd, a leading figure in Indigenous cinema in Canada, profiles four contemporary female artists – Doreen Jensen, Rena Point Bolton, Jane Ash Poitras and Joane Cardinal-Schubert – who seek to find a continuum from traditional to contemporary forms of expression. Each artist reveals her practice and journey in her own words. The film is a moving testimony to the vital role Indigenous women play in nurturing Indigenous cultures. This National Film Board of Canada documentary will be shown on the hour, every hour. The last screening will occur one hour before closing.

The TRUTH

Date: October 4
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mounted on a 55-foot flatbed truck, this travelling exhibition visits the Clark Centre for the Arts as part of its tour of the GTA. The TRUTH provides opportunities for individuals to reflect on their own truth and the injustices on our planet. This interactive exhibition includes truth-sharing, smudging, performances, movement, talks and reflection. The National Film Board of Canada documentary, Hands of History, will be shown at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Learn more about The TRUTH.

Damage of a Gun

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This panel discussion will touch upon the impact of gun violence in our city and the solutions and strategies that can be made to effect change. Panelists include Dr. Najma Ahmed (of Unity Health), Louis March (founder Zero Gun Violence Movement) and artist-in-residence Thomas Brasch. This panel will be moderated by Neil “Logik” Donaldson, founder of Stolen from Africa.

Artifacts & Apparitions

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m

Join us for a special evening talk about our archival collection with Alex Avdichuk, Supervisor Collections & Conservation for the City of Toronto. You will also hear tales of the ghosts that are said to roam our halls.

The Clark Centre for the Arts site has a long tradition of creativity and fine arts. In the 18th century, the land surrounding the Clark Centre for the Arts site had been divided into tracts that were granted to loyalists who had served in the American Revolutionary War. After changing hands a number of times, General Harold Child Bickford purchased the property in 1914, named it the Ranelagh Park Country Estate and built the well-known Bickford House. Today, the Bickford House is a Designated Heritage Property, and considered an excellent example of early 20th Century Period Revival style with Arts and Crafts detailing.

In 1932, Rosa and Spencer Clark founded the Guild of All Arts after Rosa purchased 450 acres of land. The Guild of All Arts contained shops, a tea room, and studios in fine art and craft, including painting, sculpture, hand-loom weaving, tooled leather, ceramics, metal work, wood carving and batik. After the Second World War, the Clarks expanded the hotel and restaurant operation and created formal gardens. The area became known as the Guild Inn or the Guild. During Toronto’s building boom that began in the 1960s, many historic 19th and 20th century downtown buildings were demolished. As an advocate for architectural preservation, Spencer Clark recovered many of these buildings’ facades and architectural features to display on the grounds of the Guild.

Architectural services were provided by Taylor Hazell Architects and the construction was undertaken by Atlas Construction Ltd.

Sculptor’s Cabin

The Sculptor’s Cabin is a small historic building located near the front entrance of Guild Park and Gardens. It was renovated in spring 2019 and serves the community as a meeting place and information centre.

Under a community partnership agreement with the Guild Park Stakeholder Group, comprising Friends of Guild Park, Guild Festival Theatre, Guildwood Community Village Association and Guild Renaissance Group, the Sculptor’s Cabin acts as a vibrant community resource to promote civic and cultural engagement.

Log Cabin

Located south of the centre, the Log Cabin operates as a program resource to support the Clark Centre’s Artist in Residency and pre-registered programs.

 

Browse the Clark’s Exhibitions & Events Calendar.