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 Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed for all statutory holidays.

Location

191 Guildwood Pkwy.

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.

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.

Claire Browne (she/her)

Claire Browne is an emerging artist living and working in the Toronto area. A graduate of OCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Art, specializing in drawing and painting, Claire’s art practice focuses on the themes of self-identity and heritage. She is interested in landscape and the deep connection that people have between land and self-identity.

Claire’s family stories consist of travel, displacement and adapting to new lands and cultural spaces. Through painting the Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where her paternal family originates, Claire attempts to navigate the cultural spaces and stories of her childhood, allowing for new narratives to appear. Learn more about Claire Browne.

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. Further details about the program will unveiled in the fall.

Architectural services were provided by Taylor Hazell Architects and the construction was undertaken by Atlas Construction Ltd. The 2017 Public Open House presentation contains floor plans and further information about the building’s architecture.

Building features

The Clark Centre for the Arts is a three-storey building with each level approximately 12×24 metres (40×80 feet). It features:

  • Total area of 967 square metres (10,400 square feet) with 550 square metres (6,000 square feet) of programmable space
  • 140 square metres (1,500 square feet) green roof, visible from third floor
  • Original wood heritage doors incorporated in the artist studios and panelling from the Clark’s boardroom in the office area
  • Five large studio spaces
  • Two small studios for artist in residency program
  • Three corridor gallery spaces for incorporating displays on each level
  • A multipurpose room
  • Six individual gender-neutral washrooms
  • Bird-friendly glass on all windows

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.

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.

Browse the Clark’s Exhibitions & Events Calendar.