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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 Lauren Gould, Senior Manager, Development & Programs at 416.408.5077 or lauren@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.


Tuesday February 14, 6 – 8 pm
Patron Opening – Janet MacPherson: A Canadian Bestiary  
Preview the special exhibition Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary, commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Tuesday February 28, 6 – 8 pm
Connoisseur Group: The Contemporaries    
A private artist-led tour of the multimedia exhibition Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary. One of Canada’s most exciting young artists, Macpherson is widely acclaimed for her use of slip-cast porcelain to create intricate animal forms.

Wednesday March 15, 6:30 – 8 pm
Canada Recast: Satirical Lenses with Rick Mercer and Sabrina Jalees
Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders moderates focused conversations between notable Canadians on pressing issues that are now defining our national identity.

Tuesday April 18, 6:30 – 8 pm
Origins and Traces of the Indian Subcontinent: The Anne Romoff Gross Collection
Gardiner Signature Lecture Series
Speaker: Daniel Chen, Adjunct Curator
This lecture introduces the historic collection of Chinese blue and white porcelain gifted to the Gardiner Museum by Janice Gross Stein and Susan Gross Soloman, in memory of their mother Anne Romoff Gross.

Thursday May 18, 3:30 pm
Connoisseur Group: The Historians
Gallery Tour with Dr. Erell Hubert
Dr. Erell Hubert is curator of pre-Columbian art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. More details to come.

Thursday June 22, 8 pm – midnight
SMASH: Voyeur*ish  
After the sold out success of SMASH in 2016, SMASH Voyeur*ish is the hotly-anticipated second installment of this new art party. A one-night exploration of our human desire to watch without being seen, Voyeur*ish explores life in a world that’s constantly looking back at itself.

July/August (Date TBD)
Young Patrons Circle Exclusive Event – Permanent Collection Tour with Karine Tsoumis
Tour the Gardiner Museum’s permanent collection with  curator Karine Tsoumis and meet fellow Young Patron supporters.

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, 5 – 6:30 pm
Young Patrons Circle Exclusive Event – Tea and the Table with Meredith Chilton    
Join the Gardiner’s Chief Curator, Meredith Chilton, for a talk on the history of tea and its vessels.

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
Gardiner Signature Lecture series
Speaker: Errol Manners (Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries)
Kakiemon porcelain caused a sensation when it arrived in Europe in the 17th century. Errol Manners discusses how Kakiemon swept Europe and the many attempts to copy and even fake it.




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.


Decorative Arts Specialist , A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals
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.