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Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics

Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics

The Gardiner Museum is an inspiring destination that connects people, art and ideas through clay. It’s also Canada’s national ceramics museum and is therefore committed to celebrating  Canadian artists and their work. 

The Gardiner Museum established The Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics to acknowledge the generosity of Raphael Yu.  Mr. Yu donated an extraordinary collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics to the Gardiner, and he has made an irrevocable planned gift to create an endowment which will allow the Gardiner to collect Canadian ceramics and create programs that celebrate this material in perpetuity.

The Raphael Yu Center of Canadian Ceramics is a virtual destination at the Gardiner Museum and the rubric under which all activity related to Canadian ceramic art will be organized.  The core activities of the Yu Centre include the collection, research, publication and exhibition of Canadian ceramics, as well as programs that feature Canadian artists and/or their work. 

Research + Collections

The Gardiner Museum’s collection of Canadian ceramics is available to interested artists, curators, students, scholars and others via the Museum’s collections database. This database includes current research on all objects in the Museum’s collection.

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The Gardiner Museum celebrates and documents its exhibitions and permanent collections by publishing scholarly and beautifully illustrated catalogues. These publications are available in the Gardiner Shop. Digital publications featuring Canadian ceramics will be available via The Raphael Yu Centre for Canadian Ceramics.

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The Gardiner Museum strives to present original, provocative and visually arresting exhibitions that capture the public imagination. Its program will feature exhibitions that showcase Canadian artists and their work. The Museum will maintain an archive of past exhibitions on its web site and all exhibitions featuring Canadian ceramics will be available via The Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics.


The Gardiner Museum offers a stimulating program schedule to enrich the experience it offers and to further engage its community. All programs are promoted via the Museum’s web site. Programs featuring Canadian ceramic artists and/or their work will be documented and archived in The Raphael Yu Centre for Canadian ceramics.

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