International Ceramic Art Fair 2024 at the Gardiner Museum

Halima Cassell, Momento, 2023. Photo: Courtesy of Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections

International Ceramic Art Fair

May 23 – June 2, 2024
Gardiner Museum, Toronto

The Gardiner Museum presents its annual International Ceramic Art Fair (ICAF), featuring more than twenty artists and galleries at the forefront of contemporary ceramics in Canada and internationally. Throughout this 10-day celebration of clay, visitors are invited to discover some of the most compelling recent ceramic and multimedia artworks by a diverse lineup of artists.

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This year’s fair explores the theme “gathering”, reflecting on the ways in which artworks, and clay as a medium, can bring us together to create common ground. ICAF 2024 highlights Canadian and international artists who engage clay as a medium for coming together to reassert our shared bonds with each other and the Earth.

ICAF also features a full schedule of online and in-person tours, talks, workshops, a performance, and more. Highlights include a virtual artist talk with celebrated Pakistani-born, British sculptor Halima Cassell; a live performance that brings together Québécois artist Marie Côté’s singing bowls with breathing, music, and Hand Talk (Plains Indian Sign Language); a studio demonstration with influential artist and teacher, Linda Sikora; and a tour with FASTWÜRMS, recipients of the 2023 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts for Artistic Achievement.

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Galleries

Chiguer Art Contemporain (Québec City and Montreal, QC)
Ferrin Contemporary (Cummington, MA)
Joan B Mirviss LTD (New York, NY)
Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections (London, UK)
Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami, FL)
Paul Petro Contemporary Art (Toronto, ON)

Artists

Amélie Proulx, Donté Hayes, FASTWÜRMS, Futamura Yoshimi, Halima Cassell, Imai Hyōe, Jacqueline Bishop, Laurent Craste, Linda Sikora, Marie Côté, Marissa Y Alexander, Michel Dumont, Nakashima Harumi, Natalia Arbelaez, Peter Pincus, and Stephen Andrews and Daniel Gruetter.

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Photo: Courtesy of Marie Côté

Featured Programs

Là où cueillir la chute (Harvesting the Water-Fall) Performance
May 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Gardiner Museum presents a live performance of Là où cueillir la chute (Harvesting the Water-Fall) by Montreal-based artist Marie Côté in collaboration with Peter Morin, artist and curator of the Tahltan First Nation; Ziya Tabassian, percussionist; Olivier Girouard, electro acoustician and composer; and Navid Navab, multidisciplinary artist and composer. The performance brings together Côté’s singing bowls with breathing, music, and Hand Talk (Plains Indian Sign Language) translated by Dr. Melanie McKay-Cody, a linguist of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee, Pamunkey, Narragansett, Montaukett, Mohawk, and Pequot heritage.

Artist Tour and Pottery Demonstration with Linda Sikora
May 25, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Esteemed artist Linda Sikora will lead a tour followed by a studio demonstration.

Ceramic Critique by Linda Sikora
May 25, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Linda Sikora, Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, will host a professional critique session.

Jacqueline Bishop in Conversation with Ronald Cummings
May 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Free with registration
The Gardiner Museum presents a conversation between artist Jacqueline Bishop and Ronald Cummings, associate professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Artist Tour and Workshop with Michel Dumont
June 1, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Michel Dumont will lead a tour followed by a creative hands-on mosaic workshop led by the artist.

Artist Tours

Artist Tour with Marissa Y Alexander
May 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Artist Tour with Amélie Proulx and Laurent Craste
May 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Artist Tour with Stephen Andrews
May 28, 6 – 7:00 pm

Artist Tour with FASTWÜRMS
June 1, 11 am – 12:00pm

Online Programs

Virtual Artist Talk with Halima Cassell
May 23, 12 – 1 pm ET

Virtual Artist Talk with Donté Hayes and Natalia Arbalaez
May 28, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET

Nakashima Harumi, Absurdity, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD

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 5,000 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.

For more information, please visit: gardinermuseum.com.

Accessibility

The Gardiner Museum is an accessible venue with a ramp from the street leading up to the main lobby entrance. The entrance is accessible via two sets of double doors with an access button. Accessible restrooms are available on the second and third floors. Third floor washrooms are also gender neutral.

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