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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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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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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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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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Pop Art Porcelain: Eye-catching Ceramics from 17th-Century Japan

Pop Art Porcelain: Eye-catching Ceramics from 17th-Century Japan

Wednesday November 23, 6:30 - 8 pm

Porcelain manufacturers worked for a highly competitive and fashion conscious elite of samurai overlords, wealthy temples, and successful merchants. To succeed, their wares had to have bold, innovative patterns, with eye-catching imagery that was unconstrained by the design requirements of the export markets.

Speaker: Sebastian Izzard

The Macdonald Collection Lecture
Presented by Bill & Molly Anne Macdonald
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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