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Enjoy fascinating talks by leading experts, lunchtime literary learning series, family-friendly activities, intimate musical performances in the bistro, art parties, gala fundraisers and more!

If you are interested in our clay classes, please click here. For information and tickets, click on the links below or call 416.586.8080.

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


Family Day

Family Day

Every Sunday

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

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Cultivated Conspicuous Consumption: Italian Renaissance Maiolica in Context

Cultivated Conspicuous Consumption: Italian Renaissance Maiolica in Context

Tuesday May 5, 2015, 6:30 – 8 PM
The Helen E. Gardiner Memorial Lecture

Hear a fascinating talk by one of Canada’s leading Renaissance experts on Italian Renaissance maiolica and how it functioned as a sign of wealth and intellectual cultivation in the context of the humanist tradition, other genres of art, and elite social ritual.

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Bartlett, Professor of History and Renaissance Studies (Victoria College, University of Toronto)

With support from the Helen E. Gardiner Fund
Presented by Hon. William Graham & Catherine Graham

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SALON 21: LATIN AMERICAN ENCOUNTERS

SALON 21: LATIN AMERICAN ENCOUNTERS

Friday May 8, 2015, 6:30 pm

Gallery Prelude: Join persucssionist Alejandro Céspedes and a Gardiner Museum Docent to learn about the exhibition Women, Art & Social Change and a parallet story—the history of percussion.
Salon 21: Join Soundstreams to explore various Latin styles and participate in an interactive demonstration of how these vibrant rhythms fit together.

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The Josiah Spodes: Pottery Pioneers

The Josiah Spodes: Pottery Pioneers

Wednesday May 20, 2015, 6:30 – 8 pm
The Robert and Marian Cumming Lecture

Spanning the years from 1733 to 1833, this talk takes a fresh look at the pioneering roles of Josiah Spode I and Josiah Spode II, invention and innovation, at the beginning of the development of the famous Staffordshire pottery industry.

Speaker: Pam Woolliscroft, Former Curator of the Spode Museum Trust

With support from the Robert and Marian Cumming Fund

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The Revelstoke Collection: Examining Provenance and Strategic Collecting

The Revelstoke Collection: Examining Provenance and Strategic Collecting

Monday June 1, 2015, 6:30 – 8 PM

Join Dr. Peter Kaellgren of the ROM for a presentation on the Revelstoke Collection of early English ceramics, which was dispersed in a series of auctions beginning in 1934. The Gardiner and the ROM both possess pieces from this significant collection.

Speaker: Dr. Peter Kaellgren, ROM

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Spring 2015 Saturday Morning Planter Workshop

Spring 2015 Saturday Morning Planter Workshop

Saturday June 6 & Saturday June 20, 2015, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Ian Symons

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Salon 21: Terry Riley at 80

Salon 21: Terry Riley at 80

Friday, June 12, 2015, 7 pm

Gallery Prelude: Explore a minimalist soundscape inspired by Terry Riley, paired with evocative imagery from the Gardiner’s 2014 Artist Intervention, Mono No Ma.
Salon 21: Join Soundstream in celebrating the 80th birthday of pioneering minimalist composer Terry Riley.

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RBC EMERGING ARTIST PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD PANEL DISCUSSION

RBC EMERGING ARTIST PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD PANEL DISCUSSION

Tuesday June 16, 7 pm

The RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award showcases the most interesting emerging artists working in clay today. Join Toronto art critic Murray Whyte and all five nominees as they discuss their artwork, themes, and processes.

Speakers: Murray Whyte, moderator, and artists David Harper, Derya Akay, Lisa Henriques, Veronica Horlik, and Zane Wilcox.

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Dance of the Maize God Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Dance of the Maize God Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday September 8, 2015, 6 - 8:30 PM
The Diane Wolfe Lecture

The documentary feature film Dance of the Maize God explores the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of Maya art. The film will be followed by a discussion featuring the film's director and a panel of archaeologists.

Speakers: David Lebrun, Director of Dance of the Maize God; Siobhan Boyd, Gardiner Education Program Manager and Archaeologist; and Maya Archaeologists Drs. Helen Haines and Gyles Iannone

With support from the Diane Wolfe Fund

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Design as Signs: Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Blue and White Porcelain

Design as Signs: Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Blue and White Porcelain

Wednesday September 16, 2015, 6:30 - 8 PM
The Ann Walker Bell Lecture

Using examples from the collections of the Gardiner Museum, this lecture will examine the stories behind a wide range of decorative motifs and scenes found on blue and white porcelains of the 16th to 18th centuries. It will begin with a history of symbolic motifs in Chinese art and will proceed to examine a range of motifs in detail, explaining their meanings and their origins.

Speaker: Dr. Stacey Pierson, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London

Presented by Gillian and Ron Graham

With support from the Ann Walker Bell Fund

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