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Young Patron Circle

A dedicated group of individuals who are championing the power and potential of art, clay, and culture. YPC membership is for the next generation of Gardiner Museum supporters up to 45 years of age.

Become a YPC member

Launched in 2015, the Gardiner Museum’s Young Patron Circle (YPC) program offers young professionals exclusive opportunities to connect with a like-minded community of culturally-engaged individuals looking to expand their  knowledge of art, culture, and collecting, while providing philanthropic support to a world-renowned cultural institution and shaping its future.

Joining the YPC means building connections to local artists, curators, and collections; access to exclusive patron events; participation in our Patron Insider Events; invitations to special studio and home visits; and a complimentary ticket to SMASH, the Gardiner’s annual art party hosted by the YPC.

Our YPC Committee welcomes new members. Join today if you’re creative, open-minded, and committed to the arts.

We offer installment plans for YPC member fees. Please contact Sangjoon Park, Development Manager at sangjoon@gardinermuseum.com for more information.


By joining the YPC you will gain exclusive access to a museum unique in Toronto. You will enjoy:

  • One year of unlimited admission
  • Exclusive invitations to YPC-only events, where you will have the opportunity to meet artists, hear from experts, and mingle with other YPC Friends
  • One complimentary ticket to the annual SMASH art party. It’s a night when the next generation of artists, arts enthusiasts, and cultural philanthropists come together to celebrate the city’s vibrant art community and see how young Canadian artists are pushing the boundaries of their media
  • Exclusive invitations to Patron Opening Receptions, annual Patron Garden Party, and Patron Insider events
  • The opportunity to join one of the YPC Committee groups to deepen your involvement. The sub-committees include Events, Fundraising, and Membership Development.
  • Reciprocal access to museums across North America (ROAM)
  • Charitable tax receipt ($100 benefit amount deducted)
  • All other Patron Circle benefits, which you can view here.

Upcoming events

Note: Programs marked with (*) are complimentary for YPC members. Tickets to public events can be purchased by YPC members at the Gardiner Friends rate.

November 2020*
Art Education Event

December 3*
YPC Holiday Social

Past Events

August 25, 2020*
Clay Date
With the cancellation of this year’s SMASH art party, we’re excited to introduce Clay Date, a new online art fundraiser in support of the Gardiner Museum and inspired by the special exhibition RAW. Presented by the Young Patron Circle’s SMASH Committee, Clay Date will virtually unite a community of art enthusiasts and cultural philanthropists.

February 18, 2020
RAW Artist Chat with Cassils*
YPC members are invited to a special evening of conversation with internationally-renowned artist Cassils.

March 3, 2020
RAW Patron Opening*
An exclusive preview of the special exhibition RAW.

November 21, 2019
International Ceramic Art Fair Preview Gala
The International Ceramic Art Fair Preview Gala offers attendees exclusive first access to view and purchase the exceptional works on display, representing the best in contemporary ceramics.

October 15, 2019
Patron Opening | Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment*
Join us for an exclusive preview of Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment, introduced by Curator Meredith Chilton and Exhibition Designer Gerard Gauci and featuring a special performance by Opera Atelier.

September 17, 2019
YPC Clay Mixer*
Enjoy drinks and snacks in the Museum lobby, as well as a hand-building clay class led by Chief Curator Sequoia Miller.

June 26, 2019
SMASH: Nourish*
Presented by RBC Wealth Management
Curated by Art Director Corrie Jackson, our third annual summer art party will see the Museum transformed by invigorating art, music, food, drinks, and experiences designed to nourish and inspire.

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June 13, 2019
Patron Garden Party*
All Young Patron Circle members receive a complimentary invitation to the Patron Garden Party. In 2019, the Garden Party will be hosted at the home of Isadore and Rosalie Sharp.

Tuesday March 26, 2019
YPC Artist Chat with Nurielle Stern*
Meet artist Nurielle Stern and hear about her work Unswept Floor (Tesserae), an installation of small-scale ceramic sculptures in response to the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken.

Leadership Committee

Netila Demneri, Co-Chair
Kulin Matchhar, Co-Chair
Isha Damania
Esther Del Duca
Azadeh Houshmand
Marina Krtinic
Michael Liebrock
Anjli Patel
Rahul Patel
Jigen Shah
Connie Xi

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