We've reopened exclusively to Gardiner Friends & Get Acquainted cardholders, and we'll reopen to the public with two days of free admission on July 11 and 12. Regular admission rates resume on July 13. We can't wait to welcome you back! Please read our new health and safety policies before you visit.
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. It reopens to the public on July 11!
We're posting family-friendly art activities inspired by our collection and the endless possibilities of clay. Visit our Family Day page for weekly crafts, colouring pages, and more fun art projects that you can enjoy at home.
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Please note that this program is best suited for older students (Grades 5 – 12). Topics covered in the exhibition include the body, violence, sexuality, and transformation.
Raw clay can be sticky, dusty, elastic, watery, or powdery. It has the ability to transform and evolve, like the human body. Most importantly, it reaffirms our essential connection to the earth. In this age of digital technology, raw clay plays a critical role in resisting our withdrawal into the virtual world. Your class is invited to discover new possibilities in an ancient material.
Until June 7, students can experience the special exhibition RAW, which features four new installations by leading contemporary artists working with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. Unlike more traditional art installations, the works are all in flux and will grow and change throughout the duration of the exhibition.
The studio component features four mini experiments, or projects, using raw, unfired clay. Student will explore concepts of transformation, relationship to the body, connection, and memory. They’ll work individually and in small groups to create a group project that they can take back to the classroom. Please bring a large box or container in which to take the group clay project back with you at the end of the studio session.
Students will participate in a 30-minute tour followed by 1.5 hour clay workshop in our studios. Please note that this is a half-day program and therefore does not include a space for lunch.
* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.
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1. Magdolene Dykstra, Polyanthroponemia, 2020, Unfired clay and mixed media
2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
300 B.C. - A.D. 200
Earthenware with white on red slip paint
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.56
3. Shaman’s Head (II), 2006, Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art G16.13.8
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