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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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Crazy Dames: We Built This City

Crazy Dames: We Built This City

July 25 to August 5

We Built This City is a playful way to engage diverse communities in animating, changing, and improving our everyday experiences. Over the course of the two weeks, Crazy Dames will work with participants to create a scale version of the neighbourhood, build forts, and engage in walkshops, as a way to reimagine our public spaces. The program coincides with the City of Toronto Planning Division’s TO CORE initiative, a study that looks at using growth in Toronto's Downtown to make the city a great place to live, work, learn, play and invest. Sign up online to reserve your spot in our FREE fort building workshop, walkshops, and more.

Various dates and times.

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Explorations in the City: Where Play meets Art, Education, and Design

Explorations in the City: Where Play meets Art, Education, and Design

Thursday August 4, 6 - 8 pm

This panel will focus on the role that exploration has in city building and will ask panelists representing a diversity of perspectives (political, design, education, and art curation) to join the conversation about the role that creative forms of exploration could and should play in both urban design and the city planning process. The panelists include Kristyn Wong-Tam, City Councillor of Ward 27; Adam Nicklin, partner and co-founder of Public Work, an award winning urban design and landscape architecture firm; Josh Fullan, educator, consultant and founder of Maximum City; and Janine Marchessault, public art curator and Professor of Media Studies at York University.

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UnSpun Theatre: All the Things I've Lost

UnSpun Theatre: All the Things I've Lost

August 11 to 20

In All The Things I’ve Lost, Shira Leuchter will revisit significant objects that have been lost throughout her life, alongside her mother, a ceramist, who will reinvent, recreate, and honour these lost childhood objects by re-making them out of clay. An exhibit and performance piece, All The Things I’ve Lost questions how physical objects hold memories and how we pass on stories from generation to generation through the things we have kept and preserved.

Various dates and times.

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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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Empty Bowls 2016

Empty Bowls 2016

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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