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Transformation by Fire

Transformation by Fire

Update: We have reached our goal to offer free admission to Transformation by Fire!

Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters we have reached our goal of raising the $25,000 needed to offer free admission to the Museum for the duration of Transformation by Fire (February 7 to April 28, 2013).  We are truly grateful for every contribution that has been made to make this compelling exhibition accessible to all. For more information, or to find out how you can continue to support this vital project please visit the Transformation by Fire Take Action section.

A Feature Exhibition Presented by
the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
and the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

For the last ten years the Gardiner Museum and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic have partnered to offer an engaging series of therapeutic clay workshops for women who have experienced intimate violence. Since 2003, clients of the Schlifer Clinic have worked with a professional artist (Susan Low-Beer) and an art therapist (Suzanne Thomson) in the Museum’s clay studios to sculpt their trauma narratives in clay, transforming their pain and reconnecting with their resilience and strength. In 2013 these workshops will culminate in a landmark exhibition, Transformation by Fire, designed to raise public awareness about violence against women in a sensitive, informed and compelling way, and to provide accessible and inspiring real life role models for anyone who has either experienced or witnessed violence.


The Exhibition--February 7 to April 28, 2013

Transformation by Fire will take place from February 7 to April 28, 2013 in the George R. Gardiner Exhibition gallery, a large beautiful space (3,500 square feet) usually dedicated to the work of historically significant ceramic art and/or critically acclaimed artists. Curated by Rachel Gotlieb, Senior Curator, Gardiner Museum, with the clinical guidance of Lynne Jenkins, Director of Clinical Counselling Service at the Schlifer Clinic, the exhibition will be supported by a full schedule of programs (workshops, lectures, tours, and films) that provide greater understanding about the issue of violence against women.


Make a donation to ensure everyone has access to this compelling exhibition

The Gardiner is seeking the support necessary to offer free admission during this exhibition to ensure there are no barriers to entry, and so that anyone who is interested in this issue, or who has been impacted by violence against women, can attend.

We are asking interested individuals to make a donation toward the $25,000 required to make this exhibition accessible to everyone. Your support will help to promote awareness of this important social justice issue, and foster a supportive community of women who have experienced violence. It will also help to inform the broader community so that more people know how to respond to violence against women in a sensitive, responsible and effective manner.


To learn about Barbra Schlifer, click here ›


To learn about the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, click here ›


To learn more about the Gardiner Museum, click here ›


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