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Your summer guide to the Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum is one of Toronto’s most beloved cultural gems and go-to spots for art lovers in the know, and we’ve got your perfect day at all mapped out.

2 weeks ago

Celebrating the contributions of pottery instructor Karin Pavey

The Gardiner Museum congratulates pottery instructor Karin Pavey on her retirement from the Museum after 25 years. During that time she inspired hundreds of students and taught them the art of wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, and more.

1 month ago

Congratulations to long-time instructor Ian Symons!

The Gardiner Museum bids a fond farewell to long-time pottery instructor Ian Symons and congratulates him on his retirement from the Museum after 25 wonderful years in our studios.

1 month ago
Artist Cassils posed in a jockstrap with red lipstick

Blurred Boundaries: Queer Visions in Canadian Art at the AGO

We checked out the AGO’s new exhibition, featuring 13 ground-breaking works from the collection (including one by a familiar face).

3 months ago
Tondino dish with putti

True copies: The history of a dish from the factory of Ulisse Cantagalli

In 2020, a beautiful dish with playing cherubs entered the Gardiner Museum’s permanent collection. This small object stands at the nexus of stories about maiolica collecting, the creation of fakes and reproductions, and the nineteenth-century fashion for ceramics inspired by a range of styles from the past.

5 months ago
Daumante Stirbyte in her studio

Stories in ceramics: In conversation with Daumante Stirbyte

Born and raised in Lithuania, Daumante (Dauma) Stirbyte creates strange and endearing works that convey a sense of curiosity and wonder. Dauma’s work is currently featured in the Gardiner Shop exhibition Some Place Else. We sat down with her to learn more about her journey into the world of ceramics.

5 months ago
Porcelain tea and chocolate service in a leather case

Case for conservation: A leather presentation case gets special treatment

Discover the fascinating story behind the conservation of a leather presentation case for an 18th-century tea and chocolate service. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how it was restored and what secrets the conservators uncovered.

7 months ago

Holidays at the Gardiner Museum

December is our favourite month at the Gardiner Museum and the perfect time for a visit with friends and family. And this year, more than ever, the museum offers a safe space to reconnect and share in some holiday cheer. So we’ve compiled a list of our Museum must-dos.

8 months ago
Painting of houses on a lake at night

Blue Views at the AGO this winter

We recently stopped by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and found ourselves once again transported by the art and atmosphere of this iconic Toronto destination. What stood out was an exhibition by Toronto-born Chinese Canadian artist Matthew Wong (1984-2019).

8 months ago
Close up of black coral beads

On art and fashion with Krystyne Griffin

Krystyne Griffin, a fixture of local best-dressed lists who is celebrated for her striking and original style, has been credited with single-handedly bringing serious fashion to the Toronto. Today, she designs a highly-coveted collection of artisan jewellery sold at the Gardiner Shop.

11 months ago