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.
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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.
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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!
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Part of the Community Arts Space: Art is Change
Participants from The Truth & Dare Project will walk through the exhibit with visitors, giving insight into their artistic processes and conceptual underpinning. For the second part of this session, artists will lead a roundtable discussion with invited guests from activist and artistic communities for an in-depth discussion on identity politics, belonging, and displacement from their unique perspective as contemporary Muslim women.
About Collecting Personal Archives
In partnership with Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program and The Truth & Dare Project, local artist soJin Chun worked with a group of young Muslim women from Toronto to present a multi-media exhibition that brings their unique visions to life. These works were developed and produced as part of a two month workshop series held at The 519.
Chun worked with the group of Muslim women using a more personal and contemporary model of the archives, expanding its meaning to include personal photo albums, images shot by participants, as well as objects collected by the participants that are meaningful in their lives.
The workshop series will occur in April and May, enabled the participants to engage within the structure of a formal art gallery to present their visions. During the exhibition period, the space will be activated to create dialogue regarding identity, politics, belonging, and displacement from their unique perspectives as contemporary Muslim women.
Collecting Personal Archives features the following artists from The Truth & Dare Project: Zahra Agjee, Samaa Ahmed, Ifrah Akram, Nasim Asgari, Habiba El-Sayed, Manaal N. Farooqi, Amina Ibrahim, Zahra Komeylian, Rola Kuidir, Lana Kuidir, Meral Pasha, and Aniqa Tabassum Rahman.
About the Community Arts Space: Art is Change
The Gardiner Museum’s unique history and identity is rooted in the city, but its future is increasingly shaped by those beyond the core cultural corridor. As space increasingly becomes a premium downtown, the Gardiner has collaborated with six cultural and community partners to consider how institutional outreach can be re-shaped by local artists, curators, and architects. Looking to the rapid high-rise developments happening within the Museum’s own Yorkville neighbourhood, the projects in Art is Change consider how the city’s unique and varied local histories of art and social activism can be re-mapped for the future. Learn more
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