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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!
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Gardiner Friends are invited to an exclusive preview of the special exhibition RAW before it opens to the public. RAW features four new installations by leading artists working with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.
Guided Tours of the Exhibition
Join Chief Curator Sequoia Miller and two of the artists for tours of the exhibition. No registration is necessary. Please meet at the exhibition entrance 5 minutes prior to the tour.
2 pm with Sequoia Miller and Magdolene Dykstra
6 pm with Sequoia Miller and Linda Swanson
Meet artist Katja van den Enden
Join us in the third-floor Terrace Room from 4:30 – 5 pm to meet Gardiner Shop exhibiting artist Katja van den Enden, known for her ethereal, experimental ceramics. From 5 – 6 pm, she discuss her experiences working with different types of clay.
Friends Day Special Offer
Gardiner Friends get 15% off at the Gardiner Shop. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with sale items or any other promotions.
This event is exclusive to Gardiner Friends and their guests. This does not apply to ‘Get Acquainted’ pass holders. Become a Gardiner Friend today for invitations to exhibition previews and access to other exciting benefits.
About the exhibition
Raw clay is emerging as a compelling medium for contemporary art, taking on new relevance as conversations around identity, visibility, and survival on our planet develop. From sticky and wet to dry and powdery, raw clay speaks to primal themes like the land, the body, and memory. Four new installations by leading artists working with unfired clay—Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson—invite you to discover new possibilities in an ancient medium. Learn more
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. canadacouncil.ca
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