The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery’s mission is to showcase the most innovative and influential contemporary Canadian ceramic, glass, and enamel artworks, and to make them accessible to all through acclaimed exhibitions that address issues and themes relevant to our times through an impressive selection of artworks in our Gallery Shop, and through intriguing public programs that engage, educate, and inspire.
Exhibitions at The Clay & Glass
Part of the Gallery’s mission is to make art accessible to all. One of the ways in which we do this is by offering free admission to all of our exhibitions. The world-class exhibitions that we present feature high-caliber artists from across Canada as well as international artists. We also present works by local artists including the annual Earthborn exhibition, which features the work of members of the Waterloo Region Potters’ Workshop. Judy Donaldson is one of these artists and is also a long-time volunteer at the Gallery. Judy recognizes the importance of making art accessible, particularly contemporary ceramic and glass art, which is not always in the public eye.
The Gallery attracts visitors from the local community as well as tourists visiting the area. For all of these visitors, experiencing contemporary art in our unique space stimulates contemplation, conversation and the exchanging of ideas. Captivating art demands a moment of pause that leads to understanding and the desire to share the experience.
A study released in January 2013 by Hill Strategies Research Incorporated stated that “Art gallery visits are associated with better health and higher volunteer rates,” and that “In a statistical model of health, art gallery visitors have a 35% greater likelihood of reporting very good or excellent health than non-visitors, even accounting for other factors. Art gallery visitors have an 89% greater likelihood of having volunteers in the past year than non-visitors, even after controlling for other factors.”
The Gallery and its staff and volunteers know that these benefits and the others that come from experiencing contemporary art are important to the communities we serve.
Your donations help us to contribute to present outstanding artists and artworks, and to make them accessible to all. Your contribution as a volunteer helps us engage Gallery visitors in the world of contemporary art.
You can help! Donate online at our Canada Helps page. You may also donate in person, via telephone, or mail your donation to the Gallery.
Volunteer today and play an integral role at the Gallery. Volunteers interact with the public and introduce them to the works on view in the exhibition.