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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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VIBE Arts: Shaping the Real

VIBE Arts: Shaping the Real

August 22 to September 1

Shaping the Real is a collaborative project for eight artists working in pairs to create new multi-disciplinary works that explore how to make the creative process real and engaging for audiences. The art pieces developed during these residencies will be shared publicly at the Gardiner and will reflect the community’s rich stories. Join us for FREE performances and community celebrations.

Various dates and times.

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Joy of Ceramics Luncheon

Joy of Ceramics Luncheon

Monday September 12, 10 am

Join us for the Gardiner Volunteer Committee's annual fundraising event, featuring live music, a raffle, a silent auction, a delicious three-course meal, and an inspiring talk by Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto.

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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
Presented by Esther & Samuel Sarick with support from The Helen E. Gardiner Fund
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

 

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Reinventing Ceramics: New Paradigms for Clay in Art

Reinventing Ceramics: New Paradigms for Clay in Art

Wednesday September 28, 6:30 pm

Garth Clark's fast paced multi-media presentation ventures down new paths that are opening for ceramics globally in art, design, architecture, and technology. He address new marketplaces, shifting aesthetic concerns, the melding of craft and design, the arrival of unfired clay as the hot new sculptural medium, and how to collect, make, market, educate, curate, and survive in a new ceramic landscape.

Speaker: Garth Clark

Presented by Michele & Ryerson Symons
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto
In partnership with Craft Ontario

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Material and Devotional Arts: Dante, the Purified Soul, and the Fourth Joyful Mystery

Material and Devotional Arts: Dante, the Purified Soul, and the Fourth Joyful Mystery

Thursday October 6, Lecture: 5 - 6 pm; Reception 6 - 7 pm

Sculptor Farhad Nargol-O’Neill was commissioned to depict the Rosary in bas-relief for the North and South Transepts of St. Michael’s Cathedral. In this talk, Nargol-O’Neill will discuss the material, technical, biblical, and compositional elements involved in his work, including the nature of carving bas-relief in plaster and its material quality as it relates to light and shadow.

Presented by the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

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Gardiner Friends Preview

Gardiner Friends Preview

Wednesday October 12, 10 am to 6 pm

Join us for a special Gardiner Friends Preview for True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada and bring unlimited guests free of charge! Take a curator-led tour at 2 pm.

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Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls

Thursday, October 13, 5 - 7 pm

Empty Bowls is a North American-wide project to aid the homeless. More than 400 bowls are donated by potters, potter’s guilds and students at schools teaching pottery, and delicious soups are prepared and ladled out by some of Ontario's most eminent chefs.

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Made in China: 500 Years of Chinese Export Ceramics

Made in China: 500 Years of Chinese Export Ceramics

Wednesday October 26, 6:30 pm

The desire for the luxury goods of China (tea, silk, and porcelain) was the motivating factor for a global competition to establish and maintain trading networks to Asia. For five hundred years, since the founding of the sea trade, Chinese porcelain and stoneware have been collected by traders from around the world.

Speaker: William R. Sargent

The Ann Walker Bell Lecture
Presented by Jason Wong & Angela Jerath with support from The Ann Walker Bell Fund
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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Minton and Japonisme: the Victorian Obsession with Japan

Minton and Japonisme: the Victorian Obsession with Japan

Tuesday November 8, 6:30 pm

From the late 1860s to the late 1880s, Japanese forms and motifs were key factors in fashionable Western design. This lecture will explore how the Minton factories used this source material, and what role it may have played in their overall marketing strategies.

Speaker: Jeffrey Ruda

The Robert and Marian Cumming Lecture
Presented by Robert & Marian Cumming
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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