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Detail of raw clay with hand marks


Thu Mar 05 to Jun 07, 2020,All Day

In recent years, artists have begun exploring the medium of unfired clay in startlingly new and original ways. From sticky and wet to dry and powdery, raw clay has the power to transform its physical state while transmitting deep connections to primal themes like the land, sentience, the body, and memory.

RAW features four new installations by leading artists working with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. With artworks that will change their physical forms over the course of the exhibition’s run, RAW invites viewers to see, hear, smell, and potentially feel raw clay as a time-based medium in the hand of today’s artists.

Exhibition programs and events

Up to and Including Their Limits
February 20, 7 pm
Join the Gardiner for the world premiere of a new performance by Cassils.

Friends Day | RAW
March 4, 10 am – 9 pm
Gardiner Friends are invited to join us for an exclusive preview of the exhibition before it opens to the public.

RAW Curator Tour
March 19, 5 – 6 pm
Join Chief Curator Sequoia Miller for a special tour of the exhibition.

RAW Clay, Raw Food
March 21, 7 – 10 pm
Engage with clay, cuisine, and community in this playful mixer.

RAW Curator Tour
April 16, 5 – 6 pm
Join Chief Curator Sequoia Miller for a special tour of the exhibition.

Earth Day
April 22, 6:30 – 8 pm
Celebrate Earth Day at the Museum by joining us in a free, family-friendly earth ball-making workshop.

Co-Presenting Sponsors

Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers PC; The Rooney Family Foundation

Paint Sponsor

Farrow & Ball logo

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. canadacouncil.ca

Canada Council for the Arts; Conseil des arts du Canada