In accordance with the announcement by the provincial government, the Gardiner Museum has closed temporarily, effective Monday November 23. While this news is difficult, the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and the wider community remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide you with engaging digital content to keep us connected while the galleries are closed.
During our temporary closure, we're posting exhibitions and selections from our collection online. Discover Inuit ceramics, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, pottery from the Ancient Americas, and more!
In accordance with instructions from the provincial government, the Museum closed to the public on Monday November 28 and we have cancelled all clay classes. We regret the inconvenience this may cause, but are hopeful that these actions will help maintain the health and safety of our communities. We will automatically be crediting students with a refund for remaining sessions.
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!
With the Museum closed temporarily, we need your support to continue to offer innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects online, as well as plan for the future. Please consider making a donation to help us build community with clay.
We have an exciting new school program focused on narrative storytelling. Your students will learn about the community of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in the 1960s and 70s when a cultural revolution was taking place. Long renowned for their stone and bone carvings, the Inuit peoples of Nunavut began working with a unique art form—ceramic low-relief and figurative sculptures. Today, after a century of displacement, pottery has helped revitalize the Inuit culture and way of life, creating a new artistic language based on imagery, symbolism, and narration. Students will explore the Gardiner’s collection of Rankin Inlet Inuit ceramics, and learn to tell their own stories with clay.
Upon request, high school groups registering for the full day program can choose between two studio options at the time of booking: low-relief storytelling or creating a collective piece alongside our potters.
Students will have a discussion in the galleries, followed by a hands-on project in the studio.
Students will have an opportunity to learn about about the community of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in the 1960s and 70s through activities, scavenger hunts and audio-visual presentations. In the afternoon students will participate in a hands-on project.
* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.
** Registration required, please fill out the form by clicking “Book a Visit” button below.
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1. Shaman’s Head (II), 2006, Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art G16.13.8
2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
300 B.C. - A.D. 200
Earthenware with white on red slip paint
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.56
3. The Monkey Orchestra
Germany, Meissen, c. 1753–75
Hard-paste porcelain with overglaze enamels, gilding
Modelled by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706–1775) and Peter Reinicke (1711–1768)
Mark: Crossed swords in underglaze blue
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.675
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