Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Oct 2015 - Jan 2016
Raynes was the inaugural crystal artist to be invited to hold a solo exhibition at the Gardiner Museum.

The ILLUMINATION - “Portraits of Canadian Literature” collection presented 12 hand-engraved crystal sculptures inspired by passages on “light” by 12 Canadian authors including Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Leonard Cohen, Emma Donoghue, Lawrence Hill, Yann Martel, Anne Michaels, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Miriam Toews and Jane Urquhart. (the passages were chosen by
The Writers Trust of Canada Advisory Board.)

Corresponding photographic exhibitions ILLUMINATION - “Portraits of Canadian Authors” were alsoheld at the Gardiner Museum, International Festival of Authors and Toronto Reference Library, presenting 150 Canadian author portraits taken by Mark Raynes Roberts between 2013 and 2015.