In accordance with the announcement by the provincial government, the Gardiner Museum has closed temporarily. The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and the wider community remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide you with engaging digital content to keep us connected while the galleries are closed.
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 April 29 at 1 pm, join us for a free online lecture with Professor Alison McQueen, who will discuss the significant contributions of women working at Sèvres in the first century of its history. The presentation will feature works from leading international porcelain collections and bring attention to the often-overlooked roles of women retouching glaze, laying down prints, and burnishing. Register 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 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
This multi-media series offers a reflection on humanity’s ingenious use of nature and our interaction with the basic building blocks of material design: sand, water, and clay. From the earliest use of clay in communicating and creating functional vessels to using it to tell stories through sculpture, humans have imagined and manufactured inspiring objects to help us ease the course of our daily lives and engage us in further leaps of imagination.
Ingenuity features eight digital images of nature set in shadow boxes. Ceramic shards are applied over each landscape to prompt the viewer to reflect upon history and the complexity of our relationship with nature. While paying tribute to humanity’s cleverness and the instinct to create, learn, and progress, each piece serves as a distinct reminder that the ‘materials of ingenuity’ and the ecosystems they support are being challenged, and of the need to preserve them.
About the artist
Pam Purves is a Canadian photographer born in Guelph, Ontario. She received a Fine Art degree from the University of Guelph in 1972. Her early work in landscape photography led to large-scale soft focus works of both landscape and cityscape inspired by such artists as Uta Barth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Mark Rothko. Her current work derives from an interest in the roots of abstract painting in nature. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Italy. She lives and works in the GTA, Nova Scotia, and Nevis, West Indies.
Header image courtesy Pamela Purves
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