The Gardiner is now open from Thursday - Sunday, including free weekend admission! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Clay Restaurant is still open Tuesday - Sunday. Reservations fill up fast, so book your table early. 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. See it now!
We're firing up the kilns again! Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 3 pm for drop in clay classes in our pottery studios. We've reduced our class sizes to allow for safe physical distancing, and instituted new health and safety protocols. Registration opens online at 10 am on the morning of the class. We can't wait to see you back in the studios!
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!
As we begin to welcome visitors back to the Gardiner, we need your support to continue offering innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects on site and online. Make a donation and help us build community with clay.
Online ticket sales are now closed.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door starting at 7 pm.
VIP: $250; General: $150
Pack of 10 General tickets: $1250
Free for Young Patron Circle members
SMASH: Nourish is a night of bold artwork, delicious cuisine, refreshing drinks, and invigorating experiences.
Art directed by RBC Senior Curator Corrie Jackson and hosted by the Gardiner Museum Young Patron Circle, SMASH: Nourish brings together leading Canadian contemporary artists for a vibrant party dripping with creativity. This event sells out every year so get your tickets early!
VIP admission: 7 – 8 pm
General admission: 8 pm – midnight
Dress: Wear what makes you feel amazing!
This year, we’ll explore and experiment with different forms of nourishment: food and drink, good company and conversation, and of course, art—all of which provide deep and rich sustenance. To nourish is a positive action associated with thoughtfulness, reflection, strength, and support. It can mean caring for yourself and for others through small habitual examples of nourishment or bold gestures.
SMASH is the Gardiner Museum’s annual art party hosted by the Young Patron Circle. It’s a night when the next generation of artists, arts enthusiasts, and cultural philanthropists come together to celebrate the city’s vibrant arts community and see how young Canadian artists are pushing the boundaries of their media.
Meet the Artists
Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a Toronto-based multimedia artist who investigates mysterious elements of our natural world through a selective vision of magical realism. Her objective in creating and exploring these realms is provoking the subconscious, challenging our reality by lifting the viewer into a deeper inner state of mind, and sifting through the longing within our day-to-day lives in order to create seemingly unlikely effervescent entrances suggestive of a mirage.
Ness Lee is an illustrator/artist based in Toronto. They explore the sensitivity of emotional expression and its resonance with intimacy of the self and our engagements. They use a range of mediums and surfaces as a method expression, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, textiles, and mixed media sculpture.
Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice brings performance, video, object, and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome rarely align. Often charting territory between logic and absurdity, his work employs ad hoc problem solving and inefficiencies in thought experiments that search for useful models.
DJ Dre Ngozi can be heard (and seen!) playing the sweetest sets at all the feel-good parties, spinning everything from classic hip-hop and R&B, to island riddims and afrobeat, to electro and house, and anything in-between. Through fresh mixes, Dre takes the crowd on an unexpected journey, gliding through different sounds seamlessly.
MINDSET is the first-of-its-kind mental and emotional fitness hub designed to introduce mindfulness, breathwork, and positive psychology in an accessible and engaging way to even the most skeptical type-A working professionals. Pairing gold-standard clinical techniques with engaging technology, MINDSET‘s offerings measurably reduce stress, post-task fatigue, and anxiety while improving productivity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. VIP tickets feature an exclusive mindfulness session before the party kicks off.
Kulin Matchhar (Chair) / Gen Blouin / Jennifer Franks / Julie Hicks Riches / Azadeh Houshmand / Michael Liebrock / Linley McConnell / Anjli Patel / Jennen Phelan / Penny Soo
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