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 for the Santa Claus Parade Brunch. Enjoy a delicious buffet with one of the best views of the parade in the city. Space is limited so book your spot early!
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!
Join us on November 21 for the opening of the International Ceramic Art Fair and be the first to see and purchase exceptional ceramics by women-identified artists. Proceeds from the event support the Gardiner's clay education and outreach programs. Buy your ticket 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.
For the last ten years, the Gardiner Museum and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic have partnered to offer an engaging series of art therapy groups for women who have experienced violence. Since 2003, clients of the Schlifer Clinic have worked with a professional artist (Susan Low-Beer) and an art therapist (Suzanne Thomson) in the Museum’s clay studios to sculpt their trauma narratives in clay, transforming their pain and reconnecting with their resilience and strength.
This partnership was established by former Director of Education, Diane Wolfe. In 2013, these art therapy groups have culminated in a landmark exhibition, Transformation by Fire, designed to raise public awareness about violence against women in a sensitive, informed, and compelling way, and to provide accessible and inspiring real life role models for anyone who has either experienced or witnessed violence.
Thanks to the generosity of our patrons and members of the community, the Museum has raised the funds needed to offer free admission to the public for the duration of Transformation by Fire. Please take advantage by bringing your friends and family to explore this compelling exhibition.
Learn more about Barbara Schlifer and The Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.
Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1.866.863.0511 or awhl.org
Exhibition Programs & Events
Tuesday February 5, 5:30 – 7 pm
Patron Circle Preview
Wednesday February 6, 9 – 10:30 am
Members Morning Talk And Tea
Wednesday February 6, 9 am – 8 pm
Members Preview Day
Saturday February 9, 1 – 4 pm
Hands On Workshop
Tuesday February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Lecture: Susan Low-Beer
Friday March 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
International Women’s Day Dance
Performance by Julie Lassonde
Friday April 12, 7 – 9 pm
Thursday April 11, 6:30 – 8 pm
Lecture: Body/Mind Expressive Arts
Thursday April 18, 12 – 1:30pm
Lecture: Humans Rights Watch
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