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Young Patrons Circle

A curated group of Gardiner Museum supporters.

The Gardiner Museum’s Young Patrons Circle is an exclusive, curated  group designed for the next generation of Gardiner supporters who want to improve their own knowledge of art, culture, and collecting, while providing philanthropic support to a world-renowned cultural institution. Working with our YPC Committee, the Gardiner is welcoming founding members to the organization who want to shape the future of our Museum. Our YPC members are leaders in their field, interested in the arts, cutting edge, creative, open-minded and range in age from 25-45. They are committed to culture, act as advocates for the Gardiner, and want to be part of a vital and audacious group.

The Young Patrons Circle launched in June 2015 at an elegant affair with distinguished guest The Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. It was a celebration of cutting-edge ceramic art and the contributions young philanthropists have made to the arts. A crowd of urban, affluent tastemakers marked the introduction of the Young Patrons Circle as a significant event in the Museum’s history.

To join the Young Patrons Circle or for further information, please contact John Farrell, Chief Development Officer, at 416.408.5052 or jfarrell@gardinermuseum.com.


By joining the YPC you will gain exclusive access to a museum unique in Toronto. You will enjoy:

  • Invitations to Patron Openings where you will have the opportunity to meet artists, hear from experts, and mingle with other patrons and supporters
  • Access to your choice of one of the Gardiner’s Patron Connoisseur Groups to see rarely viewed objects and private collections, visit artist studios, and receive invitations to exclusive events with prominent curator and scholars
  • Complimentary ticket to an annual YPC party each summer
  • The opportunity to join one of the YPC Committee groups to deepen your involvement. The sub-committees include Events, Fundraising, and Membership Development
  • A charitable tax receipt for $435
  • All of the Patron Circle benefits at the Gardiner, 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.

Monday August 14, 6:30 – 7:30 pm*
Life and Art in the Italian Renaissance: A Private Tour with Curator Karine Tsoumis
Get a glimpse of life during the Renaissance with Gardiner Curator, Dr. Karine Tsoumis, a specialist in 16th-century Italian art and culture. This exclusive tour of the Museum’s world-renowned collection of Italian Renaissance maiolica will introduce you to the artists, patrons, and owners who made and used these sumptuous objects.

YPC members are invited to bring a friend to this special tour, which will be followed by drinks on a nearby rooftop patio.

RSVP by August 4 to rsvp@gardinermuseum.com or by calling 416.408.5055.

Tuesday September 19, 4 – 5 pm *
RBC Collection Tour    
Since 1929, the RBC Art Collection has grown and developed as a reflection of RBC’s commitment to the arts. Join Corrie Jackson, RBC’s Assistant Curator, and fellow Patron Circle members, for a tour of this diverse collection.

Friday September 22, 4:30 – 6:30 pm *
Water Bewitched with Meredith Chilton
Price: $50
Meredith Chilton, the Gardiner Museum’s chief curator, invites members of the YPC and their guests to enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea at the York Club. Indulge, and share her amusing and insightful anecdotes surrounding the English tradition of tea drinking.

Recently appointed a member of the Order of Canada for her achievements as a curator and art historian, Meredith will conclude her term at the Gardiner this December.  Do not miss this special opportunity!

For dress code details and directions, click here.

Tuesday October 17, 6 – 8 pm *
Patron Circle Opening: Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature
Steven Heinemann is one of Canada’s most accomplished contemporary ceramic artists. This major retrospective showcases his body of work over 30 years, throughout which he has remained at the forefront of the national and international art world. Join us for a reception to preview the exhibition, followed by an artist talk.

Thursday November 16, 8 – 11 pm
12 Trees Gala
Details to be announced.

Tuesday November 21, 6:30 – 8 pm
The Kakiemon Craze: Europe’s Infatuation with Japanese Porcelain

YPC Committee



Founding Partner & Director, Acasta Capital
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.


Manager, Marketing Planning & Strategy, Mackenzie Investments
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


Principal, Hughene Acheson Fine Art Consulting
Hughene has always enjoyed an afternoon cup of tea, more so in a beautiful porcelain cup.


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!


Principle, Tye Consulting
I joined the YPC because I am excited to show a new generation of art lovers an amazing space and outstanding collection. The YPC is an exciting new edition to Toronto’s arts and culture scene and one you will all be hearing a lot about.