Image: At the heart of the French Shore


Our small communities have always been off the beaten track, fostering a unique local culture and a sense of self-sufficiency. Our Irish and English roots show through in our lively local music and dance and of course in our famous Newfoundland accent. Contact a local craftsperson for a one-of-a-kind souvenir to bring home with you. Stop in on our artist in residence to witness how history, landscape and local culture can feed an artist’s palate.


Casey House Artist's Retreat, located in Conche NL, is intended for professional artists whose work reflects or responds to the natural environment and to the cultural heritage of our communities. This unique setting offers opportunities for:

  • Visual Artists
  • Photographers
  • Sculptors
  • Performers
  • Writers
  • Composers
  • Craft Artists
Contact Info: Joan Simmonds, Manager
Telephone: (709) 622-3500 Fax: (709) 622-3510

Jean-Claude Roy
Artist in Residence Program, 2004

Born in 1948 in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France, J.C. Roy has contributed to the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador's permanent collection.

Conche is the perfect getaway for artists looking for fresh inspiration. With its breathtaking harbours and unique history, our region offers inspiring themes that are yours to capture. An early 20th century house and studio is available to an artist each season. If you are interested in participating in the Artist in Residence Program, please contact us at:

French Shore Historical Society
P.O. Box 29
Conche, NL
A0K 1Y0
Phone: (709) 622-3500
Fax: (709) 622-3510

The French Shore Tapestry began in 2006 and was completed in November 2009. The tapestry depicts the history of the French Shore of Newfoundland and some of its historical connections through the means of embroidery. The tapestry is loosely based on the famous Bayeux Tapestry which was stitched in 1087 and which tells the story of the Battle of Hastings, the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The artwork (sketches and color pictures) were done by Christina and Jean Claude Roy. All of the embroidery was done by a number of ladies from the community of Conche. The project was managed by Joan Simmonds. Financial support was provided by Service Canada, Dept of Industry, Trade and Rural Development and the Arts Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. This amazing piece of work can be view at the French Shore Interpretation Centre in Conche, NL.