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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

(We offer instalment plans for YPC member fees. Please contact sangjoon@gardinermuseum.com for more information.)

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.

For more information, please contact us at 416.586.8080 or mail@gardinermuseum.com.


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.

February 2020*
RAW Exhibition Artist Chat

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

April 7*
YPC Spring Social

May 28
This year, the Young Patron Circle’s annual art party is inspired by the special exhibition RAW. Don’t miss an evening of cutting-edge contemporary art, pop-up experiences, and opportunities to connect with the next generation of young cultural philanthropists.

June 23
Patron Garden Party*
All Young Patron Circle members receive a complimentary invitation to the Patron Garden Party.

July 2020*
Educational event

August 2020*
Educational event

September 2020*
YPC Clay Mixer

October 22
Global Luxury in Renaissance Venice Patron Opening*
An exclusive preview of the special exhibition Global Luxury in Renaissance Venice.

November 2020*
Educational event

December 3*
YPC Holiday Social

Past Events

November 21
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
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
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
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, 6 pm – 8 pm
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 Intimate 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.

YPC Committee


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