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SMASH: Voyeurish, 2017

Young Patrons Circle

A dedicated group of young professionals between the ages of 25-45 years old who are championing the power and potential of art, clay, and culture.

Launched in 2015, the Gardiner Museum’s Young Patrons 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 Contemporary and Historians Connoisseur groups; 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.

Become a YPC member

For more 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:

  • Exclusive access to a unique cultural institution
  • Invitations to Patron Openings where you will have the opportunity to meet artists, hear from experts, and mingle with other patrons and supporters
  • Membership in 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 the annual SMASH art party
  • 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.

Thursday November 16, 8 – 11 pm
12 Trees Gala
Join fellow Gardiner friends and supporters at our annual 12 Trees Gala, the Gardiner’s most important fundraising event of the year.
Get tickets

Tuesday November 21, 6:30 – 8 pm *
Painted on Porcelain: A Canadian Odyssey
Chief Curator Meredith Chilton recounts the incredible journey that inspired the current lobby exhibition of Minton porcelain.
Please RSVP to rsvp@gardinermuseum.com or by calling 416.408.5055.

Past events

The second sold-out edition of SMASH, curated by Art Director Justin Broadbent, took place on June 22, 2017. More than 300 guests enjoyed an evening of immersive contemporary art, experimental cuisine, and live performances inspired by the theme Voyeur*ish.

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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!

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