The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
You're invited on a journey from the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time to the dining rooms of connoisseurs who relished their meals served on newly-invented vessels. Be transported back to the 18th century through stunning objects, decadent recipes, amusing stories, and theatrical sets. Plan your visit to Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment now!
On December 10, award-winning Cree journalist Connie Walker moderates a panel featuring exhibiting artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Kali Spitzer, as well as Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Health Association. The conversation will centre on the role of visual art in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, queer, and trans community members. Get tickets now!
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
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Image Request Process
To request use of an image, please fill out the Image Request Form and email it to:
Christina MacDonald, Collections Manager
Please allow 3-4 weeks for a response. Licenses granted are for one-time use only. Subsequent uses of an image require additional permissions. For images reproduced in a print publication, we require that one copy of the publication be sent to the Gardiner Museum.
Before images will be released, the Gardiner Museum must receive
When all of the above criteria have been met, images will be sent via email or a web-based file transfer service.
If you are a member of the press looking for images, please visit the News & Media section or contact Rachel Weiner,
The Gardiner Museum charges for the use of our images. The fee will depend on whether photography of the work exists or not, who is using the image and what they’ll be used for. Click here for our current fee schedule.
Copyright and the Permanent Collection
Unless otherwise noted, copyright of all images of the permanent collection belongs to the Gardiner Museum. Permission to use these images must be obtained from the Gardiner Museum, as well as the copyright holder of the reproduced object, if applicable.
Where possible, the Gardiner Museum has obtained permission to reproduce images of the works in our collection that are protected by copyright. Despite the fact that every effort was made, there are instances where the artist cannot be identified or located, or, if the artist is deceased, the heirs cannot be found.
If you have questions or concerns about the copyright protected works in the Gardiner Museum collection, please contact Christina MacDonald, Collections Manager:
Copyright and Art
The Copyright Act of Canada was established to protect the creator of an artwork from unauthorized or inappropriate use of their work. In Canada, copyright protection begins when the work is created and ends 50 years after the artist’s death. Once the artist is deceased, copyright is held by their estate or heirs until the term of the copyright ends. Artists and their estate occasionally use artist collectives to manage the licensing of their works.
Permission is required to reproduce images of copyright protected artworks.
If you wish to reproduce images of a work that is protected by the Copyright Act of Canada, you must contact the copyright holder to obtain permission. Please contact the Gardiner Museum if you require assistance identifying if a work is still under copyright protection. We’ll be happy to help you get in touch with the copyright holder for permission.
The Gardiner Museum encourages and supports the use of our images in accordance with the Fair Dealing clause of the Copyright Act of Canada.
Fair Dealing allows for the use of images without obtaining copyright permissions for the following purposes:
If you are using an image of a work from the Gardiner Museum collection for one of the above purposes, we require that you include the following credit information: artist, title, date and credit line. If you’re using the online database, the information you’re looking for can be found in the object record.
Gardiner Museum Photography Policy
The Gardiner Museum permits non-flash photography in our galleries unless otherwise posted and is for personal use only (not reproduction). Due to concerns for the safety of our objects and museum visitors, we do not allow tripods or selfie-sticks.
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