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
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.
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
You're invited on a journey from the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time to the dining rooms of connoisseurs who relished their meals served on newly-invented vessels. Be transported back to the 18th century through stunning objects, decadent recipes, amusing stories, and theatrical sets. Plan your visit to Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment now!
On December 10, award-winning Cree journalist Connie Walker moderates a panel featuring exhibiting artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Kali Spitzer, as well as Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Health Association. The conversation will centre on the role of visual art in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, queer, and trans community members. Get tickets now!
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!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
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10 tickets (+ sponsor 4 artists to attend and receive logo recognition at the event)
“A party of smashing proportions” National Post
“Drew a scene and left a mark” The Globe and Mail
“One of the city’s must-attend events of the season” FASHION
“An instant classic” HELLO! Canada
“Pottery parties are where it’s at” She Does the City
SMASH is the Gardiner’s annual art party, conceived by the Young Patrons Circle and presented by RBC Wealth Management. The name SMASH highlights the tension between the Museum as a space of conservation, but also contemporary art and live creativity.
An explosion of Canadian creativity awaits—a rally of contemporary painters, sculptors, digital innovators, musicians, and botanical artists from Toronto and Montreal will transform the Gardiner into sensory overload.
SMASH: We Are More tempts us out of our individual bubbles for a night of bold contemporary art, encounters with natural beauty, and mind-bending installations. Reflecting on the positive power of an interconnected world, SMASH: We Are More invites us to be present, revel, and explore something new. Artists, technologists, designers, musicians, DJs, and botanists have created layers of intrigue among the Museum’s permanent collection, exhibition space, and penthouse terraces.
Special performance by SONY Music artist Langston Francis
All-night DJ sets
Incredible city views
Curated outdoor spaces
Delectable food stations by The Food Dudes
Design competition by George Brown College Interaction Design graduates
Jacquelyn West (Art Director)
Camille Jodoin Eng
Special performance by Langston Francis
DJ Dre Ngozi
Follow @gardinermuseum for special announcements and surprises.
Melanie Foster, Co-Chair
Hank Latner, Co-Chair
Jennen Phelan, Co-Chair
Julie Hicks Riches
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7