We're thrilled to welcome you back safely to the Gardiner with new exhibitions, hands-on activities, studio classes, dining, shopping, and more. Please note that all visitors 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination. Plan your visit today!
Renaissance Venice was a multicultural metropolis at the intersection of trade routes linking Europe to the Islamic World, with pigments, spices, and luxury objects flowing through the city. Discover a sensory world of more than 110 objects, including Venetian ceramics and glass, Islamic metalware, and contemporary art. Plan your visit now!
Feeling stressed? In our four-week mindfulness workshops, registered art therapist Suzanne Thomson will show you a series of clay hand-building exercises to help you relax and reconnect with the present. The first class starts on October 28, so act fast!
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!
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.
Until September 6, 2021
Free all summer!
We believe that a museum is more than a building—it’s a community.
This summer, the Gardiner is breaking down barriers and moving beyond traditional museum spaces to increase access. We’ve reimagined the Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski Plaza and the Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney Community Clay Studio to create outdoor space for creativity and connection. Join us for pop-up window exhibitions, public art projects, family clay activities, outdoor dining, wellness workshops, performances, and more.
It’s time to rebuild and reconnect. And it starts with art. All summer. All free.
Discover art on the plaza
Discover pop-up window exhibitions, works of public art, special commissions by local artists, and more on the Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski Plaza. Look for the labels with the audio guide symbol to access the tour right from your smart phone, or click here to listen now.
Sponsored by Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers PC
Ceramics has long been a platform for expressing civic identity. The historical and contemporary works on view in this mini exhibition complement the Museum’s public art project with No.9, an arts organization that uses art and design to bring awareness to environmental concerns. Each of the objects represents a form of civic engagement through the medium of clay, including works by Jeannot Blackburn, Jack Earl, and Walter Ostrom, as well as examples of 17th-century English and Chinese pottery.
Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney Window Gallery
Habiba El-Sayed: Fragile Plane
This mini exhibition by Toronto-based artist Habiba El-Sayed features works of layered acrylic and clay that symbolize how computer and mobile phone screens, which have served as the only medium of contact for many over the last year, both unite and separate us. The shapes draw from traditional Egyptian water jars, flattened as if appearing on a screen, while also holding the material of raw clay, or earth.
Dine at Clay Restaurant
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Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
Enjoy lunch among the art. Snack on confit chicken baos, smash burgers, fresh pasta, house-made donuts, and more at Clay Restaurant, including our outdoor terraces overlooking Queen’s Park. Check out our new summer menu
You can also order takeout right to the plaza! Look for more details on site or visit clay.restaurant.
Create with clay
Join us on the plaza for free outdoor family clay workshops, Wednesday – Sunday. Outdoor activities are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and will be moved indoors in the event of rain or inclement weather. Click here to see the full schedule of events.
Clay Bird Making
Sponsored by David Staines & Noreen Taylor
Wednesday – Friday from 1 – 3:30 pm
Take part in a drop-in clay bird making activity on the Gardiner Plaza, part of artist David Constantino Salazar’s project Forever (Bird-Botanicals). Open to adults and children.
Sponsored by Mary Janigan & Tom Kierans
Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm
Get the family together for outdoor art-making on the Gardiner Plaza, with new activities and themes each week.
Sponsored by Weston Family Foundation
Wednesday – Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm
Join us on the Gardiner Plaza for a kid-friendly colouring activity inspired by our collaboration with No.9 Contemporary Art + Environment.
In addition to our onsite events, we’ll continue to offer free digital programs.
Thank you to our visionary sponsors for helping us build community with clay.
David Staines & Noreen Taylor
Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers PC
Mary Janigan & Tom Kierans
Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney
Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski
Weston Family Foundation
The Citrine Foundation
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