International Ceramic Art Fair 2022 at the Gardiner Museum

Courtesy of Eddy Firmin and Art Mûr

International Ceramic Art Fair

June 9 – 19, 2022
Gardiner Museum, Toronto

After a two-year hiatus, the International Ceramic Art Fair (ICAF) returns to the Gardiner Museum with an exciting roster of Canadian and international artists and galleries. View and purchase new work and attend talks, tours, and performances, online and in person.

More than half the programs taking place during the 10-day fair are free to the public.

Highlights include a gallery talk with Caribbean-Canadian artist Eddy Firmin and a presentation by Smithsonian curator Anya Montiel on Indigenous women and clay. See the full schedule of programs below.

Contemporary ceramics has become one of the most dynamic areas of artistic practice in recent years. Artists are turning to clay to explore a wide range of new ideas, stories, and images. This year’s International Ceramic Art Fair focuses on the body, figuration, and the land. While each artist approaches these themes through a unique lens, taken together, the works visualize a universal connection to the land we walk on.

This year’s participating artists and galleries are: Art Mûr, Cooper Cole, Ferrin Contemporary, Iona Studio, Kouri + Corrao Gallery, Brie Ruais, Cristina Córdova, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Eddy Firmin, Edwina Sandys, Jennie Jieun Lee, Joon Hee Kim, Kate Newby, Kukuli Velarde, Mara Superior, Maura Doyle, Raven Halfmoon, and Sergei Isupov.

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Courtesy of Tekaronhiáhkhwa / Santee Smith

Talking Earth by Tekaronhiáhkhwa / Santee Smith

The opening of the International Ceramic Art Fair (ICAF) also marks the debut of a new permanent public artwork by Tekaronhiáhkhwa / Santee Smith, part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022. The sculpture takes the form of a large Mohawk cooking vessel. Fragmented yet moving toward intactness, it symbolizes the disruption and trauma caused by colonization, including the legacy of the residential school system, assimilative policies imposed on womxn, and the crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Womxn and Girls.

On June 10, 11, and 12 at 9:15 pm, the work will be activated through a series of free performances on the Gardiner’s outdoor plaza, generously supported by Barry and Lindy Green. No registration necessary.

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Courtesy of Kukuli Velarde and Ferrin Contemporary

Free Programs & Events

Gallery Talk with Eddy Firmin
Thursday June 9, 6 – 7 pm
Join featured artist Eddy Firmin for an in-person discussion about his work, which explores identity, heritage, and resistance.
Free registration

Moving Beyond Boundaries: Indigenous Women and Clay
Saturday June 11, 6 – 7 pm
Dr. Anya Montiel, Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will discuss the role of Indigenous women artists in the field of contemporary ceramics and the power of their works in clay to speak to everlasting relationships towards land and community.
Free registration

Virtual Curator Talk with Maya Wilson-Sanchez
Tuesday June 14, 1 – 2 pm (online)
Join Gardiner Museum Curatorial Resident Maya Wilson-Sanchez for a virtual conversation about the work of Peruvian-American artist Kukuli Velarde.
Free registration

Gallery Talk with Sharif Bey
Wednesday June 15, 6 – 7 pm
Join artist Sharif Bey for an in-person discussion about his exhibition Colonial Ruptures, on display in the lobby of the Gardiner Museum. Bey works figuratively, often repurposing fragments of his own earlier sculptures to create beings with a sense of wonder, ritual, and ambiguity.
Free registration

Virtual Artist Talk with Maura Doyle
Wednesday June 15, 1 – 2 pm (online)
Join featured artist Maura Doyle for an online presentation on her hybrid practice, which encompasses ceramics, sculpture, printed matter/publications and drawing.
Free registration

Virtual Artist Talk with Cristina Córdova
Friday June 17, 1 – 2 pm (online)
Join featured artist Cristina Córdova for an online discussion about her work. Córdova creates figurative compositions that examine our shared humanity and question socio-cultural notions of gender, race, and beauty.
Free registration

About the Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum brings together people of all ages and communities through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire.

We engage audiences with exhibitions, programs, and hands-on classes, while stewarding a significant permanent collection. We interpret historical ceramics to emphasize their relevance today, and champion emerging and established Canadian artists and their role in the broader world. The Gardiner Museum innovates through clay education, as we bring together the experience of making with a deeper understanding of the art of ceramics.

We believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay.

The Gardiner Museum has a collection of over 4,000 objects from the Ancient Americas, Europe, Japan and China, as well as contemporary works with an emphasis on leading Canadian artists. It is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics and is one of the world’s most notable specialty museums.

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