We've reopened with modified summer hours and free admission on weekends! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Please read our new health and safety policies before your visit.
From sticky to crusty, pliable to powdery, and shaped to shapeless, clay’s ability to transform in real time is prompting a new generation of artists to explore the possibilities of this ancient material. RAW features new work by four artists who are pushing boundaries with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. See it now!
We're excited to introduce Clay Date, a new online art fundraiser in support of the Gardiner Museum and inspired by the special exhibition RAW. Presented by the Young Patron Circle's SMASH Committee, Clay Date will virtually unite a community of art enthusiasts and cultural philanthropists for an evening with artist Habiba El-Sayed.
Every object in our permanent collection can be accessed through our eMuseum portal. Learn about individual collecting areas, like Italian Maiolica or Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, or search the full collection by keyword. You'll be amazed by what you discover!
As we begin to welcome visitors back to the Gardiner, we need your support to continue offering innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects on site and online. Make a donation and help us build community with clay.
Douglas Coupland talks about why he decided to co-curate this year’s 12 Trees exhibition, the vital role that light plays in his own life, and his fascination with making “stuff.”
From clay-eating parrots to Clare Twomey’s working ceramics factory at Tate Modern, these were September’s top stories from around the world on everything ceramics related.
Teapots and robotics collide in Splendid Teapot Racing, a beloved sport of many who embrace Steampunk, an artist-led subculture based on Victorian science-fiction.
Pottery has taken on celebrity status lately, with the fashion world, star Instagram potters, and even mega-celebrities like Brad Pitt embracing ceramics. It isn’t hard to see its allure—in a world that feels increasingly unstable, kneading a slab of clay with your hands is a great way to unplug and connect with the present moment.
soJin Chun, one of our six Community Arts Space: Art is Change partners, tells us the ways in which art can change the world. Why is it important for public spaces to make room for “art-making”? “Art-making” activates communities through conversation and collaboration. The act of making art within the context of public spaces creates […]
The August Fröhls collective (led by artists/curators Aman Sandhu and Swapnaa Tamhane), one of our six Community Arts Space partners, speaks to the importance of art and storytelling. Why is it important for public spaces to make room for “art-making”? It’s important in order to provide accessibility for a wider audience that might be intimidated […]
Feminist Art Museum (FAM), one of our six Community Arts Space partners, is led by local curators Xenia Benivolski and Su-Ying Lee, who gave us insight into their project and the power of involving the public in the art-making process. Why is it important for public spaces to make room for “art making”? We like […]
Queer video and performance artist Mikiki, one of our six Community Arts Space partners, tells us about the importance of community collaboration in creating meaningful public space in Toronto. Why is it important for public spaces to make room for “art making”? I think public spaces are already sites of art making. There are more […]
Students from Waterloo Architecture, one of our six Community Arts Space partners, shares the importance of community collaboration in creating meaningful public space in Toronto. Why is it important for public spaces to make room for “art making”? Typically, art in public spaces is created solely by trained professionals – architects, designers and artists whose […]
Artist collective Madeleine Co., one of our six Community Arts Space partners, discusses the significance of making space for art making, the potential of art for social change, and what happens when art disappears. Why is it important for public spaces to make room for “art making”? Art must be accessible to the public in […]
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