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.
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
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The Gardiner Museum is always adding to our collection of both historical and contemporary ceramics. Our current lobby exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary works acquired since the arrival of Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in April 2018 and on display for the first time.
Our popular March Break Camps give kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Spots are filling up quickly. Register 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!
Support the Gardiner's mission to champion clay, build community, and promote arts education. All of our memberships include a full year of free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts at CLAY Restaurant and the Gardiner Shop, and start and at just $30!
The Gardiner Museum continued to build momentum in 2016, and continued to enhance its awareness and accessibility. So many new things happened!
Our first major special exhibition of 2016, Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, Gold, and Ceramics in Ancient Panama took visitors on a journey back in time to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. In June, we launched the innovative Community Arts Space Project, which invited emerging artists, cultural organizations, and community groups to take over the exhibition hall with interactive workshops and grassroots programming, all of which was offered free to the public. We also made the important announcement that the Gardiner would begin offering free admission to visitors 18 and under every day, bringing our world-renowned collections to a wider audience.
Also in June, our Young Patrons Circle hosted the first ever SMASH art party, masterminded by Justin Broadbent, with support from Event Partner RBC. Over 300 guests enjoyed special performances and installations by the city’s most innovative young artists, all inspired by the night’s theme: Instant Classic. We’re growing the next generation of Gardiner supporters.
This fall, we launched the landmark exhibition True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada, featuring more than 100 works of ceramics, textiles, furniture, glass, and silverware, together for the first time in a single show. The response from visitors and critics has been extremely positive. You can still see it in the special exhibition hall until January 8. While you’re here, you’ll also be able to see the 12 Trees, a Gardiner holiday tradition now in its 27th year. Themed “Good for the Earth” and curated by artist and environmentalist, David Buckland, it features artistic tree installations made from natural, recycled, and sustainable materials. For the second time, this year the trees will be on display throughout the entire holiday season.
The G Party Gala, our annual fundraising event, was a sold-out success, raising over $100,000 for the Museum’s clay outreach and education programs. Guests enjoyed a special holiday performance by the Art of Time Ensemble and bid on one-of-a-kind artisan items and eco-experiences. It was a night to remember and a wonderful way to cap off a fantastic year at the Museum.
Throughout 2016, we also welcomed ceramics experts from around the globe for our popular Gardiner Signature Lecture Series, and continued our community outreach with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Radius Child & Youth Services, Anishnawbe Health Toronto, and Toronto Community Hep C Program.
In 2017, we’ll present two original exhibitions, Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary and Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature, as well as the next installment of the Community Arts Space Project over the summer. Important changes like our new website, which launched last week, and the renovation of our lobby will allow us to better serve and engage our existing Friends, while also bringing in new audiences. We look forward to seeing you at the Gardiner in 2017.
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