The Gardiner is now open from Thursday - Sunday, including free weekend admission! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Clay Restaurant is still open Tuesday - Sunday. Reservations fill up fast, so book your table early. Please read our new health and safety policies before you visit.
From sticky to crusty, pliable to powdery, and shaped to shapeless, clay’s ability to transform in real time is prompting a new generation of artists to explore the possibilities of this ancient material. RAW features new work by four artists who are pushing boundaries with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. See it now!
We're firing up the kilns again! Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 3 pm for drop in clay classes in our pottery studios. We've reduced our class sizes to allow for safe physical distancing, and instituted new health and safety protocols. Registration opens online at 10 am on the morning of the class. We can't wait to see you back in the studios!
Every object in our permanent collection can be accessed through our eMuseum portal. Learn about individual collecting areas, like Italian Maiolica or Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, or search the full collection by keyword. You'll be amazed by what you discover!
As we begin to welcome visitors back to the Gardiner, we need your support to continue offering innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects on site and online. Make a donation and help us build community with clay.
Inspired by the transformative potential of clay, the Community Arts Space, established in 2016, is the Gardiner’s incubator for arts-based community projects. This year, we’ve partnered with Turtle House Art/Play Centre, FCJ Refugee Centre, and ArtHeart to engage more than forty youth, adults, and seniors in clay workshops.
When the Museum temporarily closed as a result of COVID-19, we reimagined Community Arts Space 2020 (CAS2020) as a series of community healing activities that connect participants to one another through artistic production despite their physical isolation.
Now that the Museum has reopened, our community participants have returned to our clay studios to create work that responds to the themes of comfort, care, and hope. These works highlighting intergenerational dialogues will be displayed in our Exhibition Hall, tentatively scheduled for December 2020.
Turtle House Art/Play Centre is an organization designed primarily for children and families from refugee backgrounds to explore their creativity, play, express themselves, and make meaningful connections. Turtle House envisions and is dedicated to playing a vital role in building a Toronto where refugees and immigrants are welcomed, arts flourish in every neighbourhood, and people are encouraged to explore their creativity. Learn more
FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status, and welcomes anyone asking for advice, counsel, and support regarding their refugee or immigration claim process. Learn more
ArtHeart provides free visual arts education, programs, materials, and healthy snacks to the children and youth, as well as hot, nutritious meals to adults and seniors living in Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods. ArtHeart offers participants a supportive environment in which they can create and learn, build self-esteem, and develop life skills. Learn more
Creating with Salt Clay
Make Your Own Goofus
Make a Tulipiere
Make and Break
Celebrate National Indigenous History Month (low-relief sculptures)
Colourful Pots for Pride
Make a Bust
Ceramic Scavenger Hunt
Gone Fishing: Make a Fish Plate
Bottle Vase with Scarab Beetle
Owl Effigy Bottle
Lying Down Cow by Joe Fafard
Tracking Financial Losses Due to COVID-19
Apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit
Digital Originals Mico Innovation Grants
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