We've reopened with modified summer hours and free admission on weekends! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Please read our new health and safety policies before your 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 excited to introduce Clay Date, a new online art fundraiser in support of the Gardiner Museum and inspired by the special exhibition RAW. Presented by the Young Patron Circle's SMASH Committee, Clay Date will virtually unite a community of art enthusiasts and cultural philanthropists for an evening with artist Habiba El-Sayed.
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.
Part of the Community Arts Space: What we long for
Co-presented with Hyperallergic
This is a podcast listening station located outside the Exhibition Hall.
Hyperallergic is a forum for serious, playful, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today. Read by a million people each month, it is a leading source of art news, views, and reviews. Established in 2018, Art Movements is Hyperallergic’s leading art podcast designed to connect the general public to the diverse stories of art around the world.
As a student at the University of Toronto, host Hrag Vartanian was a frequent visitor to the Gardiner Museum. Inspired by the Gardiner’s collection, the series invites prominent artists like Shary Boyle and Kent Monkman to explore the social history of ceramics and its multifaceted role in our culture. Through personal anecdotes, art historical reflection, and archival recordings, this limited-run podcast series explores issues at the intersection of contemporary ceramics and museums.
Kent Monkman’s Mission to Decenter the Colonial Museum
Shary Boyle’s Exploration of the Fantastic and Political Lives of Clay
The Largely Unknown History of Blackface in Canada
The History, Context, and Legacy of an Ancient Plate by the Maya
July 11, 7:30 – 9 pm
Hrag Vartanian in Conversation with Shary Boyle
Hrag Vartanian moderates a public conversation with Canadian artist Shary Boyle on the social history of ceramic objects and contemporary art.
About Community Arts Space: What we long for
Grounded in the ability of clay to transform, the Community Arts Space is a platform for experimentation and socially-engaged art. Established in 2016, the project connects artists, makers, organizers, and residents through the creation of public projects that inspire social action. This year, we’re showcasing four public projects in collaboration with local and international artists, curators, community, cultural and media organizations that focus on the theme “What we long for.” Learn more
Image: Shary Boyle, Triumph of the Will, 2010, Gardiner Museum. Gift of Sarah and Tom Milroy. Photographer: Brian Boyle
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