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Announcing New Fall Hours and Free Weekends

As we continue to refine our health and safety protocols for staff and visitors, and adjust to reduced weekday admissions, the Gardiner will be adopting new hours to coincide with the periods of highest demand. We will continue to offer free weekend admission into the fall.

1 year ago
Ewer and basin with pink glaze and gilding

Tulipieres, asparagus dishes, and chamber pots: The histories of bygone household objects

This moment of temporary retreat into the private sphere offers us the chance to think about the relationship between the inside and the outside worlds, and the things we consider central to our ways of life. Ceramics from the past highlight the social function of domestic objects and exemplify the ways in which they contribute to identity.

1 year ago
Habiba El-Sayed in silhouette in front of a screen

Transformation & reclamation: Habiba El-Sayed on the power of raw clay

In anticipation of Clay Date on August 25, we talked to featured artist Habiba El-Sayed about her early experiences with ceramics and how she sees raw clay as the perfect medium to express some of the complex emotions we’re all experiencing right now.

1 year ago
Hand holding white clay head

Conservation tales: The horseman gets a new head

Discover the behind-the-scenes transformation of a damaged Chinese porcelain figure, donated to the Gardiner in 2015. Conservator Marlene Wilson’s photo diary takes you through the entire restoration process.

1 year ago

A Message from Executive Director & CEO Kelvin Browne

A message from Executive Director & CEO Kelvin Browne on the actions the Gardiner will take toward becoming a more equitable and anti-racist institution.

1 year ago

A Message from Chief Curator Sequoia Miller

A message from Chief Curator Sequoia Miller on the colonial roots of the collection and the Gardiner’s commitment to bringing greater representation to the Museum.

1 year ago

Gardiner to close temporarily

Like many of you, we have been closely following the developments of COVID-19. The safety of our visitors, campers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority.

Upon the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, the Gardiner Museum will close temporarily effective Saturday March 14, 2020. Dr. Williams has ordered the immediate suspension of all gatherings over 250 people because of the risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19).

2 years ago
Hand holding a ceramic head

Ice cream turkey, sausage melon, and more bizarre recipes from the Age of Enlightenment

For many of us, all it takes is a trip to the grocery store to access fruits and vegetables from around the world, but before the advent of refrigeration and faster transportation, creative solutions were required to achieve the flavours of out-of-season and tropical produce.

2 years ago
Hands holding a ball of clay

Uncovering the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness and clay

In a digital age dominated by distractions, practicing mindfulness with clay can be an effective way to find calm and presence.

2 years ago
Two ceramic birds

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Adeline’s Picks

With an incredible selection of one-of-a-kind ceramics, textiles, and jewellery, a visit to the Gardiner Shop is the perfect way to get into the giving spirit and support local artists. Our Shop Manager, Adeline, has rounded up a selection of unique gifts sure to please the art lover on your holiday list.

2 years ago
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