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.
Please note: There will be no 12 Trees exhibition in 2018. Click here to learn about New + Now, the Gardiner’s celebration of national and international ceramics.
Presented by Nordstrom
A much-loved holiday tradition since 1990, the Gardiner Museum’s annual 12 Trees exhibition continues bring family and friends together to celebrate the holiday season.
Included with general admission.
Let There Be Light
This year’s 12 Trees exhibition focuses on light as a potent symbol of hope that many cultures share. Curated by author and visual artist Douglas Coupland and Vice President of Public Art Management Ben Mills, this year’s exhibition brings a contemporary, light-filled perspective to the 12 Trees tradition.
Among other delights, this year’s light-inspired art installations include a disco-ball Christmas tree, a manually-powered holiday tree light show, an animated winter dreamscape, a “tree” comprised of illuminated blocks, and more.
In addition to the twelve artist installations, visit the neon-lit 42-foot white spruce on the Museum’s front plaza designed by Presenting Sponsor, Nordstrom, and donated by Ontario Wood and Forests Ontario.
Please note: Visitors will be unable to access one of the installations in the Terrace Room after 4 pm on selected days due private event bookings.
Read our behind-the-scenes blog interview with the artists
Christine Dewancker and Katherine Strang
Amit Kehar and Kanika Gupta
Jordan Söderberg Mills
The 12 Trees Gala
On November 16, join Gardiner Friends and supporters for a luminous evening benefiting the Museum’s education and outreach programs. Be immersed in a feast for the senses designed to uplift and inspire as we celebrate the important role that light plays in many cultures during the holiday season. Learn more
Exhibition & Gala Partners
Rosemary Phelan, Langar Foundation
The Citrine Foundation of Canada
In Kind Sponsors
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