The Gardiner is now open from Thursday - Sunday, including free weekend admission! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Clay Restaurant is still open Tuesday - Sunday. Reservations fill up fast, so book your table early. Please read our new health and safety policies before you 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 firing up the kilns again! Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 3 pm for drop in clay classes in our pottery studios. We've reduced our class sizes to allow for safe physical distancing, and instituted new health and safety protocols. Registration opens online at 10 am on the morning of the class. We can't wait to see you back in the studios!
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.
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 […]
The Gardiner was proud to recently announce Dr. Pierre Karch and Dr. Mariel O-Neill Karsh as the recipients of the 2017 Gardiner Benefactor Award. This special annual award recognizes and celebrates patrons who have made outstanding and significant contributions to the Museum.
Erell Hubert, Curator of pre-Columbian Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, shares the archaeological tool that she can’t live without, and weighs in on how curators can combat the illegal trafficking of antiquities.
The Gardiner Museum’s Adjunct Curator of Chinese Ceramics, Daniel Chen, discusses the fascinating history of the Anne Romoff Gross Collection, how porcelain marks can be misleading, and why he would like to go back in time to visit Tang Ying’s imperial kilns.
Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Art magazine, David Balzer, discusses his favorite ceramic object, the importance of acknowledging Canada 150 as a colonial anniversary, and the contemporary Canadian ceramic artists that are on his radar right now.
If you’ve been to the Gardiner recently, you’ve probably noticed that our lobby transformation is underway. Demolition is now complete, and we’ve reopened the Museum to the public. By Spring 2017, we’ll have a revamped Gardiner Shop with sleek new display cases where we’ll highlight work by Canadian ceramists, and a brand new Community Clay […]
The Gardiner Museum continued to build momentum in 2016, and continued to enhance its awareness and accessibility. So many new things happened! Our first major special exhibition of 2016, Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, Gold, and Ceramics in Ancient Panama took visitors on a journey back in time to one of the most important archaeological […]
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