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What is the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program?

Fool’s Paradise – a large, cliff-side property overlooking Toronto’s majestic Scarborough Bluffs – is the former home and studio of Doris McCarthy (1910-2010), artist, writer, educator and conservationist. The property inspired McCarthy for over 70 years. And it is anticipated that Fool’s Paradise will inspire visiting artists for generations to come.

In keeping with McCarthy’s wishes when she donated the property to the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Trust has converted Fool’s Paradise into an Artist-in-Residence Centre. Professional visual artists, musicians and writers can apply to live and work at this serene and picturesque site. The Centre embraces the multi-disciplinary nature of the arts, strives to demonstrate the positive and restorative influence of landscape and the environment, and fosters excellence among contemporary Canadian artists, musicians and writers.

The Trust is grateful to the RBC Foundation for its support of the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program.

The Trust is also grateful to the following organizations for their assistance in the development of the program: