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.
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
Join us for lunch at CLAY Restaurant overlooking Queen's Park. Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by design that highlights the Museum's focus on ceramics.
The Gardiner Museum is always adding to our collection of both historical and contemporary ceramics. Our current lobby exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary works acquired since the arrival of Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in April 2018 and on display for the first time.
Our popular clay-based Summer Camps give kids ages 6 - 14 the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Register early before they sell out!
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!
Support the Gardiner's mission to champion clay, build community, and promote arts education. All of our memberships include a full year of free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts at CLAY Restaurant and the Gardiner Shop, and start and at just $30!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
RAW Exhibition Artist Chat
RAW Patron Opening*
An exclusive preview of the special exhibition RAW.
YPC Spring Social
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.
Patron Garden Party*
All Young Patron Circle members receive a complimentary invitation to the Patron Garden Party.
YPC Clay Mixer
Global Luxury in Renaissance Venice Patron Opening*
An exclusive preview of the special exhibition Global Luxury in Renaissance Venice.
YPC Holiday Social
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kulin Matchhar and Netila Demneri
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7