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.
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
Reserve your table at CLAY Restaurant for January 31 - February 13 and enjoy a delicious $33 prix fixe menu featuring fresh, local fare. Choose from mushroom toast with burnt honey, Fogo Island cod fish and chips, our famous lamb burger, and more delectable dishes created by Chef Bianca Azupardo and her team.
The Gardiner Museum is always adding to our collection of both historical and contemporary ceramics. Our current lobby exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary works acquired since the arrival of Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in April 2018 and on display for the first time.
Our popular March Break Camps give kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Spots are filling up quickly. Register 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!
Support the Gardiner's mission to champion clay, build community, and promote arts education. All of our memberships include a full year of free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts at CLAY Restaurant and the Gardiner Shop, and start and at just $30!
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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