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
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.
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
You're invited on a journey from the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time to the dining rooms of connoisseurs who relished their meals served on newly-invented vessels. Be transported back to the 18th century through stunning objects, decadent recipes, amusing stories, and theatrical sets. Plan your visit to Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment now!
On December 10, award-winning Cree journalist Connie Walker moderates a panel featuring exhibiting artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Kali Spitzer, as well as Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Health Association. The conversation will centre on the role of visual art in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, queer, and trans community members. Get tickets now!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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