This summer, the Gardiner Museum is breaking down barriers and moving beyond traditional museum spaces to increase access and meet our communities where you feel safe. Join us now for pop-up window exhibitions, outdoor dining, and public art projects, followed by family clay activities, wellness workshops, performances, and more.
During our temporary closure, we're posting exhibitions and selections from our collection online. Discover Inuit ceramics, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, pottery from the Ancient Americas, and more!
On Thursday June 24 at 1 pm, Chief Curator and Deputy Director Sequoia Miller will be live online with artist Kahlil Robert Irving. Kahlil has received critical acclaim for his gritty ceramics and internet collages that examine contemporary life. Register for free now!
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!
With the Museum closed temporarily, we need your support to continue to offer innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects online, as well as plan for the future. Please consider making a donation to help us build community with clay.
Part of the Community Arts Space: Recent Histories
In support of jes sachse’s I wanna dance with some body, British-born dancer Alice Sheppard collaborates with sachse for a live choreographic work. Chair and non-chair users respectively, Sheppard and sachse will explore how mobility is fundamental to public spaces and civic life.
Performance accessibility: This program is a 35-minute performance that begins with remarks in the third floor Terrace Room, which is accessible via an elevator. At 7:10 pm, the performance will move down to the lobby through three sets of stairs, then to the outdoor ramp on the Front Plaza at 7:25 pm. Guests will have the options of following the performance down the stairs, meeting the performers in the lobby via the elevator, or watching the remainder of the performance from a balcony in the Terrace Room. Please note that this is a non-traditional dance piece and guests will have options of sitting, standing, or kneeling throughout the performance. Accessible seating is available in the Terrace Room. The Gardiner Museum is an accessible venue with a ramp from the street leading up to the main lobby entrance. The entrance is accessible via two sets of double doors with an access button. The third floor is accessible via an elevator. Accessible restrooms are available on the second and third floors. Third floor washrooms are also gender neutral. If you have questions about access, please contact Humboldt Magnussen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.586.5074.
About I wanna dance with some body
Local artist and curator jes sachse addresses the negotiation of bodies moving in public/private space with a series of outdoor sculptures.
Reflecting on how bodies interact with the architecture of access, jes sachse’s I wanna dance with some body considers both the expressive and radical possibilities of the incline plane.
By envisioning ramps as more than the ubiquitous objects of universal design, this chorus of three, executed on an industrial scale, do not function in their typical modality. Their soaring angles challenge small, unnoticeable retro-fitted solutions at the back and side entrances of public buildings. Here, the negotiations of moving bodies rely less on building codes, and act rather as a site for conversation and individual bodily experiences.
About the Community Arts Space: Recent Histories
Inspired by the transformative aspects of ceramics, both real and metaphorical, the Community Arts Space is the Gardiner’s incubator for arts-based community projects. In collaboration with local artists, designers, and collectives, the Museum will mount five public projects that examine how cultural knowledge is passed on or performed, and the role of a museum in cultivating the so-called lived and living memory. Learn more
The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the LGBTQ2S community. A City of Toronto agency and a registered charity with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, The 519 strives to make a real difference in people’s lives while working to promote inclusion, understanding, and respect.
In 2017, The 519 provided in-kind space and resources for artistic workshops in support of the development of two process-driven projects, NU_FORuMS and Collecting Personal Archives. For Community Arts Space 2018, The 519 will again provide workshop space for a process-driven project, supporting the delivery of knowledge and skill-sharing serving the LGBTQ2S community in Toronto and beyond.
Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides affordable studio space as well as arts-based programming through its sister non-profit organization, Akin Projects. Akin provides space to nearly 250 visual artists, designers, and creatives in studios that maintain a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. Akin builds community through monthly art critiques, free or low-cost workshops, open studio events, gallery tours, exhibitions, as well as various other projects. During the Community Arts Space’s inaugural 2016 cycle, Akin Projects mounted Place/Setting, an exhibition hall project delivering all-ages clay-making workshops and community events. For Community Arts Space 2018, Akin will provide six months of free studio time at one of its studios, as well as kiln firing access.
For 25 years, Art Starts programs have benefited thousands of people living in marginalized Toronto neighbourhoods by providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for self-expression and creative collaboration. They afford opportunities for vulnerable people of all ages to contribute to the creative ecology of their neighbourhoods, using the arts to help end the negative cycles associated with marginalization and poverty.
Angry Asian Feminist Gang
Asian Community AIDS Services
Margin of Eras Gallery
Rice Roll Productions
Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak // Bluejays Dancing Together Collective
Header: jes sachse and Alice Sheppard, 2015
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7