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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.

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.

Past Events

November 21
International Ceramic Art Fair Preview Gala
The International Ceramic Art Fair Preview Gala gave 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*
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*
YPC members enjoyed sips 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 fourth annual summer art party saw 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 was hosted at the home of Isadore and Rosalie Sharp.

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

YPC Committee


Michael Liebrock
Managing Partner, Investments & Asset Management, Stronach Group
Apart from a magnificent permanent collection, the Gardiner Museum attracted me because it is a premier cultural institution with a dynamic and bright future ahead of it. It is a landmark with a solid foundation, and unlimited upward trajectory. The Gardiner is building an institution which will be even more meaningful, relevant, and engaged in the community. I am looking forward to helping build the Gardiner Museum of tomorrow.

Penny Soo
Senior Marketing Partner, CI Investments Inc.
Passionate about arts and culture and a big fan of Toronto, I was looking for an opportunity to be more involved in the community while being immersed in arts. After volunteering for an event at the Gardiner Museum, I loved the diversity and uniqueness of this institution. Being a founding member provides me with an outlet to hopefully bring this great museum to more people who love Toronto and love unique art. The Gardiner Museum has a wonderful vision and I’m happy to be a part of it!

Committee Members

Julie Hicks Riches
Principal, Riches Consulting
The Gardiner Museum’s unique ability to incorporate up and coming international and Canadian artists while showcasing a vast collection of our industry’s standards is an experience like no other. It’s easy to see why this hidden gem is such a treasure!

Kulin Matchhar
Associate, Philanthropy, Plan International Canada
From the gorgeous facade to the unique collection inside, the Gardiner Museum presents an opportunity for me to deeply engage in the arts and culture of Toronto. It is a hidden gem in the city, which I would like more people to know about and support. I am excited for the future of this fine place, and to help engage the community and bring more young patrons to discover this cultural institution.