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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.


We’re planning some special events this year that are not to be missed.

SMASH: Instant Classic.
YPC Summer Art Party
Thursday June 22, 8pm – midnight

SMASH is a night of art and experimentation masterminded by Art Director Justin Broadbent and hosted by the YPC.


Patron Connoisseur Group Event
Connoisseur Group events provide opportunities to see rarely viewed objects and private collections, visit artist studios, and receive invitations to exclusive events with prominent curators and scholars. Stay tuned for 2017 events!




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!



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!


Vice President, Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital

I joined the Young Patrons Circle committee to meet and connect with like-minded young professionals who have a passion for arts and culture. The Gardiner Museum is an amazing place and I am happy to be an advocate in the community.



Senior Policy Adviser to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services

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.