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
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment closes January 19! Journey back in time to the kitchen gardens of Versailles and the intimate dining room of an amorous couple. Feast your eyes on porcelain peas, glass macarons, knitted cheese, and more fun surprises before they're gone.
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!
Part of the Community Arts Space: What we long for
Co-presented by Art Starts and VIBE Arts
Session 1: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Session 2: 1 – 1:45 pm
Join us for a hands-on self-care workshop facilitated by artist Igho Diana of Hair We Are. Attendees will learn how to make their very own body butter and hair care products using all-natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils.
Igho Diana is a poet, community educator, certified mediator, and mastermind of Ebony Girls Obsession. In her twenty-plus years of lived experience, she has come to believe that being Black and Woman is a lesson in resilience and grace. Thus, she dedicates her time documenting and sharing her experiences, as testimony, through her writing, performances, workshops, and events. Her chief aim is to equip young women with the discipline to take better care of themselves holistically, in order to show up boldly for their respective communities.
About Hair We Are
Led by artist Igho Diana, VIBE Arts creates a contemporary beauty salon that explores self-care and changing concepts of beauty. Reflecting on objects in the Gardiner’s collection of European ceramics made for the boudoir and female-only social spaces, the project challenges racialized girls and young women to use their lived experiences to re-think and re-contextualize historical objects as a means of bringing their own histories to the fore. Learn more
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, the Gardiner is showcasing four public projects inspired by the theme “What we long for.” Learn more
VIBE Arts works collaboratively with children and youth in under-resourced communities to innovate, build skills and resiliency, and lead social change through arts education programming.
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.
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