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
Join us for lunch at CLAY Restaurant overlooking Queen's Park. Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by design that highlights the Museum's focus on ceramics.
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.
Our popular clay-based Summer Camps give kids ages 6 - 14 the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Register early before they sell out!
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!
$110 Gardiner volunteers, board members, and staff (please use the code “gardinerfamily” at checkout to receive this special price. Sales will be verified.)
The Gardiner Volunteer Committee invites you to the annual Joy of Ceramics fundraising luncheon, featuring guest speaker Kent Monkman. Monkman is a Cree artist who is widely known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history. He explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience– the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences–across a variety of media including painting, film/video, performance, and installation.
Join us for refreshments, raffles, music, and a silent auction featuring an assortment of outstanding experiences and more. You’re also invited to join our docents for a tour of select pieces from our museum collection.
A superb three course meal with wine catered by The Food Dudes.
Each table will have a unique ceramic centrepiece made especially for the Joy of Ceramics by artist Andrea Vuletin. Centrepieces will be available for purchase after the luncheon.
Kent Monkman will speak about how he engages with museum collections, giving an overview of his engagement with objects ranging from ceramics, oil paintings, sculpture, and object artifacts. He will also touch on his current project, a commission by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and how The Met’s extensive collection is informing the creation of two large-scale paintings.
Header image: Kent Monkman, Bull in a China Shop (detail), 2015.
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111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7