Lobby Studio Development
Start date: 9 January, 2017
End date: 31 March, 2017
In the Gardiner Museum’s strategic plan – A New Vitality, A New Paradigm (2015-2017) – the concept for a redeveloped lobby and shop was presented in order to bring the process of clay to the forefront for our visitors. This project would also include a permanent space to provide a basic introduction to clay and ceramic process that explains some of the key terms, such as firing and glazing. It would be encountered by the visitor after ticketing, but before the gallery experience.
The shop would be reconfigured to occupy a portion of the current reception desk space to ensure the same square footage of retail space, and the remainder of the existing shop along with a large portion of the existing, and underused, cloakroom would be transformed into a studio to accommodate master classes, artist-in-residence opportunities, sessions for corporations, private rentals and birthday parties as it is adjacent to the lobby for a reception space, and an increased number of classes that could spill out into the lobby as our studios are running at capacity.
This studio would bring clay education to the forefront of the visitor experience.
Nature of the Project Reach
This project will reach anyone who visits the Gardiner Museum as they will be able to learn about the process of the creation of ceramics.
To revamp the lobby of the Gardiner Museum to create a clay studio for an artist-in-residence, community classes, and masterclass sessions. This project will also include increasing interpretation on the history of the Gardiner and of ceramics.