12 Trees of Christmas: The Joy of Creativity
January 03, 2016
November 12, 2015 - January 3, 2016


This year, Canada’s leading designers and artists have been invited to reimagine the Christmas trees both aesthetically and conceptually for a bold, new direction for the Gardiner Museum’s 27th annual 12 Trees exhibition.

For the past 26 years, the Gardiner Museum has celebrated the festive season by displaying Christmas trees decorated by renowned designers, and sponsored by companies and individuals supportive of the arts.

This year, Canada’s leading designers and artists were asked to reimagine the Christmas tree using diverse mediums and highlighting creativity’s audacious nature. The result is showcase of vibrant creativity, with creations that are elegant, wild, highly personal, and outrageously beautiful.

Installations will be exhibited at the Museum during the holiday period and celebrated at the exhibition’s signature gala, The G Party, on December 1. Funds raised will enable the Gardiner to continue engaging the community through the creativity of clay and the beauty of ceramics.

In addition to the exhibition itself, a 40-foot tree will be erected on the Museum’s front plaza as a gift to the community, designed by 12 Trees curator Dee Dee Eustace of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. and donated by Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood.

Also new this year, the Gardiner will be working with retailers and facilities across the city in a Spreading the Joy of Creativity competition. Shop fronts will be encouraged to display their own interpretation of a tree, which will be accompanied with a sign about the exhibition at the Gardiner and encouraging the public to vote for their favorite local tree display. Prizes for the People’s Choice Award and a Curator’s Choice Award by Dee Dee Eustace will be announced at the Gardiner Museum on December 1.

Michael Adamson, Bruno Billio, Justin Broadbent, Sophie DeFrancesca, Trevor Godinho, Hermès, Hunter Lewis Lake, Jenn E. Norton, The Stratford Festival, Susanne Shaw for Holt Renfrew, The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, and Jane Waterous.