Program details

Residency applications limited to individuals

The house is a small, rustic cottage. While it has ample studio and workshop space, the house was built for one individual to inhabit. For this reason, only one person will be able to live and work at the Centre at any given time. The modest house cannot accommodate groups, couples or families. Family, colleagues and small groups of friends, however, are welcome to visit.

Eligible creative disciplines

It was McCarthy’s wish that her home be made available as a retreat for visual artists, musicians, writers or other professional artists. Eligible disciplines can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • illustration
  • music composition
  • painting
  • performance art
  • photography
  • playwriting
  • poetry
  • printing
  • sculpture/installation
  • textile arts
  • writing

Professional artists

Applicants must be professional artists. A professional artist is defined as someone who: has developed skills through training and/or practice; is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition; has a history of public presentation or publication; or seeks payment for his/her work and actively practises his/her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are allowed. This definition is derived from the Ontario Arts Council.

Duration of residencies

The duration of each residency may vary from one to six months. Specific time frames will be confirmed with the successful candidate prior to commencement of his/her residency. A residency can start at any time during the year. There is no black-out period. Note that the Trust will require some time between residencies so that the site can be inspected and cleaned.

Frequency of application

An artist who has been awarded and has completed a residency at the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Centre at Fool’s Paradise is not eligible for a second residency.

Legal status

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, or have an application pending for permanent residency status.


The following are ineligible to apply for residencies:

  • groups, ensembles, collectives, co-applicants, producers, organizations
  • students enrolled in any educational institution or any learning program on a full-time or part-time basis at the undergraduate level of study
  • members of the advisory panel and their immediate families
  • individuals under the age of 18
  • staff and Board members of the Ontario Heritage Trust and their immediate families