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
Join us for lunch at CLAY Restaurant overlooking Queen's Park. Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by design that highlights the Museum's focus on ceramics.
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 clay-based Summer Camps give kids ages 6 - 14 the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Register early before they sell out!
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!
Supporting the Gardiner Museum demonstrates your organization’s commitment to creativity, the vitality of the cultural sector in Toronto, and to the benefits of arts education.
The Gardiner works with its corporate partners to design innovative partnerships that align with your philanthropic and brand priorities.
Corporate partnerships can support our world-class exhibitions, education and community initiatives, highly-anticipated special events, unique programming or aspects of our permanent collection. We look for organizations whose values align with ours—vitality, creativity, and innovation.
Sponsoring a Gardiner initiative provides access to a unique, urban, affluent audience that is passionate about the arts. Additionally, your organization is supporting the growth of the Gardiner Museum.
The Gardiner works with our Corporate Partners to create unique benefits for sponsors in addition to a comprehensive recognition package. The Gardiner welcomes the opportunity to discuss additional opportunities to work together to meets your philanthropic goals.
Our Corporate Partners help the Museum to achieve our goals, and the Gardiner works with sponsors to achieve their funding objectives.
The Gardiner presents word-class exhibitions that demonstrate the relevance of ceramics in contemporary society. From exhibitions that explore the ancient world, and ones that put ceramics in a broader social and historical context, to contemporary installations and artworks, our special exhibitions make the Gardiner one of the most important specialty museums in the world.
Special events at the Gardiner are truly unique, highly-anticipated experiences that are often sold out. Our signature fall fundraiser is a celebration of national and international ceramics in support of our clay education and outreach programs, and special exhibitions throughout the year.
The Young Patron Circle’s annual art party SMASH became an instant classic when it launched in 2016. Bringing together the very best of Toronto’s young professionals, influencers and social mavens, SMASH is the ideal opportunity to reach out to the 25-45 demographic at a carefully curated event featuring contemporary art installations, gourmet cuisine, and special performances.
Education And Programs
Through education, programming, and community outreach initiatives, the Gardiner engages people with the unique qualities of clay, which offer a creative experience like no other. By taking part in a clay class, each participant is engaging in a creative practice that contributes to their feeling of social inclusion and mental well-being.
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