There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment closes January 19! Journey back in time to the kitchen gardens of Versailles and the intimate dining room of an amorous couple. Feast your eyes on porcelain peas, glass macarons, knitted cheese, and more fun surprises before they're gone.
Our popular March Break Camps give kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Spots are filling up quickly. Register now!
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Support the Gardiner's mission to champion clay, build community, and promote arts education. All of our memberships include a full year of free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts at CLAY Restaurant and the Gardiner Shop, and start and at just $30!
Originally made for export to the Netherlands in the 1630s, this extraodinary lacquerware chest mysteriously disappeared in the 19th century.
Artist and writer janet romero-leiva reflects on The Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project, a Community Arts Space exhibition that brings attention to the ongoing migrant crisis and the decline of the monarch butterfly.
To get the most out of your next visit to the Gardiner, we’ve compiled a list of objects and experiences you don’t want to miss while you’re here.
We’ve taken some of the most interesting objects from our collections storage and put them on display for you to discover! For a limited time in our new Rosalie Wise Sharp Gallery, see a selection of objects from our permanent collection, spanning different time periods and geographies.
Christopher Smith dives into the complex history of ‘cruising’ and offers a glimpse into Intimate Encounters ~ Animate Histories, a Community Arts Space exhibition opening on August 1.
Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. In 2009, she apprenticed in her father’s ancestral home of India under the mentorship of Mansimran Singh, a student of the acclaimed British studio potter, Bernard Leach. McKenzie’s new exhibition in the Gardiner Shop, Family Matters, speaks to her family’s histories through photographic imagery coupled with abstract representation.
Dr. Cheryl Thompson writes about Hair We Are, a Community Arts Space exhibition that explores self-care and beauty through the eyes of racialized young women and girls.
Historically associated in the West with the decorative and the domestic, ceramics has long been regarded as a feminized practice with a particularly strong queer dimension because of its status as a subaltern to painting and sculpture.
As the Senior Curator of RBC’s art collection, Corrie Jackson knows her way around great art—which is why we’re thrilled to have her on board as the Art Director for SMASH: Nourish, our summer art party in support of the Gardiner.
Meet this year’s Community Arts Space partners, and get a sneak peek at what they’ll be bringing to the Gardiner this summer.
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