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!
soJin Chun, one of our six Community Arts Space: Art is Change partners, tells us the ways in which art can change the world.
Why is it important for public spaces to make room for “art-making”?
“Art-making” activates communities through conversation and collaboration. The act of making art within the context of public spaces creates a connection between people and allows for an important dialogue that is relevant for communities.
What is the significance of having access to a downtown cultural institution to present your work?
Cultural institutions are often inaccessible to those that are outside of the dominant culture because of systemic barriers. By having access to a museum space such as the Gardiner, we are able to disrupt, however temporary, the predetermined institutionalized ways of showing work. We are also bringing to the museum representations of young Muslim women that are created collectively by a group that is self-representing their own narratives.
Describe the intended impact of your project in one sentence.
We would like to contribute towards breaking the myths and stereotypes of racialized communities, in particular, the religious and cultural Muslim communities to reveal narratives of struggle and perseverance.
Without art ____ (finish this sentence)
How could we see ourselves and our worlds through alternative lenses?
How do art and change intersect?
The process of making art is a process of transformation and change. When we make art, we learn and discover something about ourselves and our world, which in turn incites change and action. Art is a powerful tool that can inspire us to say something about the world that is often misunderstood, disregarded or undermined. Art is an agent of change.
soJin Chun collaborates with a group of young Muslim women to present a multi-media exhibition for this year’s Community Arts Space: Art is Change initiative. Join us on Friday, August 25 for an Opening Celebration, followed by a workshop with the artists the following day. Learn more and register for free here.
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