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!
TICKETS GO ON SALE JANUARY 30 AT 10 AM
Only 100 tickets will be sold!
General admission: $25 or $10 (students/artists/arts workers/unemployed/underemployed)
There will be a limit of 3 tickets per person.
Pay it forward: Donate a ticket to be gifted to one of our community partners
Join us for the world premiere of a new performance work titled Up To and Including Their Limits by the internationally-acclaimed artist Cassils . Known for testing the limits of physical endurance, Cassils’ provocative and often startling work centres narratives of trans and non-binary visibility within a complex visual world.
In this newly-commissioned work, Cassils pays homage to the late feminist icon Carolee Schneemann, using raw clay to reimagine her historic performance piece Up To and Including Her Limits (1971-76) from a trans non-binary perspective.
Suspended from a harness in a plexiglass box with walls covered in thick raw clay, Cassils will launch themselves back and forth, clawing, swinging at the walls, and hurling chunks of clay to the floor. As they remove patches of clay, Cassils will create “windows” through which the audience can watch the artist in action.
The remnants of Cassils’ performance, including the plexiglass structure, harness, and clay mound, will remain on view alongside video documentation of the piece as part of the exhibition RAW, opening March 5.
If you have any accessibility questions or requests related to the performance, please contact Nahed Mansour, Senior Manager, Programs at 416.408.5061 or email@example.com.
About the artist
Cassils is a visual artist working in performance, film, sound, sculpture, and photography. They have achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. It is with sweat, blood, and sinew that Cassils constructs visual critique around ideologies and histories. Cassils is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, Creative Capital Award, and numerous awards from the Canada Council for the Arts.
About the exhibition
In recent years, artists have begun exploring the medium of unfired clay in startlingly new and original ways. From sticky and wet to dry and powdery, raw clay has the power to transform its physical state while transmitting deep connections to primal themes like the land, sentience, the body, and memory. RAW features four new installations by leading artists working with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. Learn more
Header image: Cassils, Becoming An Image Performance Still (National Theater Studio, SPILL Festival, London), 2013. Photo by Cassils with Manuel Vason ( 22 x 30 inches)
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