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Enjoy fascinating talks by leading experts, family-friendly activities, art parties, gala fundraisers and more!

 

For information and tickets, click on the event links below or call 416.586.8080.

If you are interested in our clay classes, please click here.

 

Tickets to lectures, programs, and special events are final sale and non-refundable. For more information please review our ticketing policy.


Family Sundays

Family Sundays

Every Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm

Bring the whole family to the Gardiner for family-friendly activities, including clay workshops and tile painting.
Free with admission!

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NEW! Intro to Ceramics Course

NEW! Intro to Ceramics Course

Mondays April 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30 pm

Join our curators for a lively 4-week introductory course on ceramic art, focusing on the Ancient Americas (April 4), Chinese (April 11), European (April 18), and Contemporary (April 25) ceramics.

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Dark Arts: Chocolate & Coffee Tasting

Dark Arts: Chocolate & Coffee Tasting

Thursday May 12, 7 pm

Explore the tastes and smells of cacao and coffee as you learn about the importance of these two products and their significance in Latin American culture with our partners at ChocoSol, who focus on artisanal, equitably sourced cacao. Toast, peel, grind, drink, smell, and taste your way through the process of turning raw cacao into chocolate.

In partnership with ChocoSol
With support from Brian Wilks

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Salon 21: The Regent Park Songbook

Salon 21: The Regent Park Songbook

Friday May 13, 7 pm

Join a Gardiner Museum docent for a tour of contemporary ceramics focusing on the creative influencers who’ve brought about transformation and innovation, including notable mentor-mentee relationships. Then hear professional Canadian composers bring student-created lyrics to life in a series of pieces performed by singers and pianists from the Regent Park School of Music.

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Gardiner Friends Day: Beneath the Surface

Gardiner Friends Day: Beneath the Surface

Saturday May 14, 10 am - 5 pm

Gardiner Friends are invited to see the special exhibition Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, Gold and Ceramics in Ancient Panama. Bring unlimited guests free of charge, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and get a special 15% Gardiner Friends discount in the Shop.

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The Spectrum of Power: Colour Symbolism and the Ancient Maya

The Spectrum of Power: Colour Symbolism and the Ancient Maya

Wednesday May 18, 6:30 pm

Employing objects from the ROM and other excavations, this talk will explore the colourful world of the Maya and the meanings embodied in many elements of the ancient society’s hugely rich material culture. 

Speaker: David Pendergast

The Diane Wolfe Lecture
With support from Brian Wilks and the Diane Wolfe Fund
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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Versailles: The Porcelain Palace

Versailles: The Porcelain Palace

Wednesday June 8, 6:30 pm

Bertrand Rondot, Cheif Curator of Furniture and Works of Art at the château de Versailles, will discuss the little-known history of porcelain at the famed French palace, which reached its height at the wedding of Louis-Auguste and Marie-Antoinette.

Speaker: Bertrand Rondot

In partnership with Alliance Française
Presented by Pierre Karch & Mariel O'Neill-Karch
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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Salon 21: Soundweavers

Salon 21: Soundweavers

Friday June 17, 7 pm

Art from the past helps us understand the society from which it came. Join us for an anthropological exploration of old Europe through a guided visit to the Gardiner's recently transformed European Porcelain Gallery. Then take in a performance of new work by composer Emilie Lebel, created in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre, a hub for community-driven creativity. 

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SMASH 2016: Instant Classic

SMASH 2016: Instant Classic

Tuesday June 21, 8 pm

The Gardiner Museum Young Patron’s Circle will host SMASH, a night of art and experimentation masterminded by Art Director Justin Broadbent. Interactive art installations inspired by the night’s theme, Instant Classic, will take over the Museum’s loft-like third-floor space. SMASH will feature the city’s hottest young artists and DJs, coming together in a mash up of high art and pop culture.

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Life, Love, and Plenty to Drink: English Pottery, 1625-1740

Life, Love, and Plenty to Drink: English Pottery, 1625-1740

Wednesday September 14, 6:30 pm

The slip-decorated and tin-glazed earthenware vessels that will be explored in this talk made their homes both in the elegant residences of the wealthy as well as the more modest dwellings and taverns.

Speaker: Leslie Grigsby

The Helen E. Gardiner Memorial Lecture
With support from the Helen E. Gardiner Fund
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

 

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