Critical Mass

A Centre for Contemporary Art


















Welcome to Critical Mass! We have exciting news!!

We’re currently developing a Port Hope Soundscape APP and walking tour!

This 2020 soundscape project, made possible by funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, is the first of its kind in Port Hope and has been created to provide professional sound artists with an opportunity to work with a user experience consultant and app developers to animate Port Hope cultural and heritage spaces with immersive sound art experiences delivered by mobile phones on a GPS-guided app. The goal of this project is to enrich how locals and visitors alike experience Port Hope’s identity, by using smartphone geolocation capabilities to explore the town’s landmarks and local stories.

Have Port Hope stories you would like to share? Please connect with us

We’re launching an Artist-in-Residence Program!

In February, Critical Mass reviewed 113 submissions from artists across Canada and from 14 countries around the globe. We offered 4 socially-engaged contemporary artists a paid four-week residency, funded by an Ontario Trillium SEED Grant. We were so impressed by the submissions, that we selected 2 additional artists for 3-week residencies funded by a Community Grant from the Municipality of Port Hope!

The residencies were set in motion to take place this May through October in our little train station. However, in March, COVID-19 happened. As the world had to pause, and adapt, so did we. Our residencies have been rescheduled until next spring through fall, but we look forward to giving our Artists in Residence a hearty welcome to Port Hope in 2021. In the meantime we will introduce these amazing artists to you one-by-one through a mini series of ‘virtual’ residencies!!!

First up, Lucas Morneau. Then came, Susan Campbell, and now Jay Dart is our first artist in residence at the Little Station from August 10th to 22nd. Cécile Hug joins us virtually from Paris this October, during Culture Days.

What’s On

Nov 1 – 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

2nd Annual Pumpkin Parade

Bring your pumpkins out to shine one last time at the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Parade on Sunday, November 1st – the day after Halloween!

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August 10 – August 22

Meet Critical Mass Artist-in-Residence, Jay Dart

Drop by the Little Station on Lent Lane during studio drop-in hours between 2pm to 4pm (Mon-Fri), to see Jay’s work in progress, and chat about your experiences living in Port Hope/Northumberland. 

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June – July 1

#Frommyfrontporch Canada Day Art Challenge

Using items you have around your home, create a display on your front porch, lawn, balcony, or in your windows to showcase what you love most about Canada!

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June 11

Makers Night & Artist Talk with Lucas Morneau

All makers, artists, and Granny square aficionados welcome! We’re making Granny squares and chatting with interdisciplinary artist Lucas Morneau from Newfoundland and Labrador. To register…

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May 12 – June 15

#Homebodies Art Challenge

Critical Mass has a fun new challenge for all the artists, families, and roommates sheltering at home right now. We invite you to participate in the #homebodies art challenge while we all continue to spend more time at home during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Dec 8

Critical Massive Adventure: Zine Reveal & Artist Talk

Zine Reveal & Artist Talk with Eli Gibson 

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October 3 – 10

Herbarium & Plant House Making Workshops

We’re making pages of a traditional Herbarium and wax dipped plant houses to showcase Port Hope’s local flora and pave the way for Parisian artist Cecile Hug’s 2021 residency with Critical Mass.

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July 7 – July 14

Port Hope Drift: Walking & Drawing Challenge

Show Critical Mass artist in residence, Susan Campbell, your favourite places to walk in Port Hope!

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June 18

Crocheted Beer Cozies 'virtual' Workshop

Learn to crochet beer cozies that will keep your hands warm, your beer cold, and your wallet full! Hosted by fibre artist and Critical Mass Artist-in-Residence Lucas Morneau! To register…

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Mar 18 – May 8

#Frommywindow Art Challenge

Critical Mass is calling on the artists, kids, families, and businesses of Port Hope to join the #frommywindow movement to spread hope and joy in our community during this challenging time of the global COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. 

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Nov 29

Port Hope Candlelight Festival

The second annual candlelight festival and Christmas night market. Including two shadow puppet workshops to prepare to light up the night! 

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Get your spooky on! Visit the Little Station on your way back from the Farmer’s Market from 9-12 this morning for a free pumpkin decorating workshop! #porthopepumpkinparade ...

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Swing by the Little Station from 9-12 tomorrow to flex your carving and decorating skills! Bring down a special squash, or pick a pumpkin at the Little Station, generously donated by Ferguson Farms @gardenhillfarmersmarket; all are welcome! Physical distance measures in place. ...

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We’re getting excited for the 2nd Annual Port Hope Pumpkin Parade! How about you? Share your best-dressed pumpkins with #porthopepumpkinparade to partake in the digital side of things! ...

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Time starts now, designers! Get your pumpkins ready for the 2nd Annual Port Hope Pumpkin Parade, set to take place down Lent Lane on November 1st! #porthopepumpkinparade ...

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Halloween may look different this year, but you can still give your Jack O’Lanterns one last opportunity to shine - the night ‘after’ Halloween, at Port Hope’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Parade! Check out our website for details. 🎃 ...

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A call to observe, gather, and collaborate! This Saturday, October 10th, we will be hosting a workshop designed by Parisian artist Cécile Hug. Come make a Plant House and contribute to our community Herbarium! Safe distance measures in place for outdoor workshop. #VirtualResidency #CultureDays #CriticalMassArt ...

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