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.

General Admission

Free

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.

How to Register

Visit https://efun.toronto.ca

You 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.

Gallery rentals at the Clark Centre for the Arts are available on a monthly basis between January and December 2023.

Gallery 191

Gallery 191 spans three floors and must be rented together. Art works must be exhibited for the full term of the monthly rental.

Rental rates are $1,040 per month (HST included).

In-kind (Free) Rentals

To be eligible for the in-kind program, applicants must complete an application and be a resident of Toronto.

Gallery 191

A limited number of exhibition months are reserved throughout the year for in-kind exhibitions in Gallery 191. This program allows qualifying applicants to secure the gallery space for one-month at no charge.

Lobby Installation Space

The in-kind program allows one qualifying applicant to secure this separate installation space, located in the full-sun of the centre’s lobby above the entrance. This successful applicant must exhibit one visual art installation in this space for a full calendar year. The artwork and supporting materials in this installation space must weigh under 50 kilograms and must fit the dimensions of the space (H 8′ x W 16′ x D 7′).

How to Apply

Applications for 2023 short-term exhibition rental space and the in-kind program have closed. Sign up for the CultureTO newsletter find out when applications open for 2024 and to learn about other opportunities for Toronto-based artists.

Charmaine Lurch (she/her)

Charmaine Lurch is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work draws attention to human-environmental relationalities. Lurch’s paintings and sculptures are conversations on infrastructures and the spaces and places we inhabit. Working with a range of materials and reimagining our surroundings—from bees and taxi cabs to The Tempest and quiet moments of joy, Lurch subtly connects Black life and movement globally.

Lurch offers us materials that are seemingly simple and familiar. Figures marked in charcoal perform dynamic movements, allowing us to visualize active presence. Paint both pleases and jars vision to create new ways of seeing and knowing. Wire takes up space, is a drawing in space, wire moves through space. The formations cast shadows, trace landscapes, and act as a means to mark the inside/outside of things. These elements are her expressive and textural messengers. Bound together with research, they create signifying forms that seek to re-configure and rewire perception and ideas. Lurch’s residency will run from January to December.

Destinie Adélakun (she/her)

Destinie Adélakun is an award-winning contemporary Canadian multi-disciplinary artist. Her work extends from photography to film, paintings, and sculpture; which explore themes of pre-colonized West African history, Yoruba mythology, religions, and spirituality. Through researching her Yoruba ancestry Destinie analyzes the connections between the diasporic traditions and customs. In her work, Adélakun utilizes individuals as a personification of principles and ideas and re-illustrate African mythological tales. Destinie is the selected 2020 cohort of the Toronto Arts Foundation Artscape Launchpad bursary. The New York Foundation for the Arts awarded her the Canadian Women Artist Award in 2020. Adélakun’s residency will run from January to June.

About the Artist Residency Program

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

Applications for this program will be available in August 2023 for 2024.

Maven Talks is a free speaker series hosted throughout the year for artists and community builders to share their stories and experiences with the public.

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.
The Clark Centre can be rented for a variety of functions.