Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
Join us for a full summer of free community programming inspired by the transformative power of clay. Four public projects explore how justice and pleasure can co-exist as counterpoints to calling out, gaslighting, and exhaustion. Register for free talks, clay workshops, and more!
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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!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
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 improve their own 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By joining the YPC you will gain exclusive access to a museum unique in Toronto. You will enjoy:
Note: Programs marked with (*) are complimentary for YPC members. Tickets to public events can be purchased by YPC members at the Gardiner Friends rate.
YPC Clay Mixer*
Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment*
International Ceramic Art Fair Preview Gala
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.
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.
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!
Principal, Hughene Acheson Fine Art Consulting
Hughene has always enjoyed an afternoon cup of tea, more so in a beautiful porcelain cup.
Decorative Art Specialist, Art Peritus & New York Fine Art Appraisers
Working in the Decorative Arts and ceramics specifically, I had heard about the Gardiner Museum and its collections, which provided my introduction to Toronto; after making this amazing city my home, my objective was to learn more about the arts community and possibly contribute to its growth. The Gardiner graciously welcomed me, resulting in an exchange of knowledge and some cherished friendships. I most admire the Gardiner’s commitment to cross-cultural conversations through art.
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!
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.
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