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Welcome to Critical Mass! We have exciting news!!

NEW! Opportunity for upcoming Soundscapes Project: Call for Artists, Coders/App Developers, and a UX Consultant

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 to work with a user experience consultant and coders / 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.

Calls for Artist Submissions and RFPs from Coders/App Developers and UX Consultants are now Live. Apply by: September 17, 2020.

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.

What’s On

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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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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Help us make The Longest Drawing EVER! (Or the longest ever in @municipalityofporthope anyway!) . Critical Mass #artistinresidence and drawist @jaydart will be leading a couple safe distance collaborative community drawing sessions, Exquisite Field, during his #porthope residency, on Saturday August 15th & 22nd from 9AM to NOON. . If you’re wondering what to expect at this drawing session? "Imagine you have a wide open field in which you can grow and build anything that you want. What would it look like? What would we find there? Who would be there? In one sidewalk square, draw this landscape". . Sounds fun, right?! . Drop by Lent Lane, in @downtownporthope, on either August 15th or 22nd from 9AM to NOON. Or both! . #criticalmassart #artistresidency #drawing #porthope #oldfields #exquisitecorpse #northumberland @ontrillium @exploreporthope @kawarthanow @northumberlandt @cbcarts ...

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Help us make The Longest Drawing EVER! (Or the longest ever in @municipalityofporthope anyway!) . Critical Mass #artistinresidence and drawist @jaydart will be leading a couple safe distance collaborative community drawing sessions, Exquisite Field, during his #porthope residency, on Saturday August 15th & 22nd from 9AM to NOON. . If you’re wondering what to expect at this drawing session? "Imagine you have a wide open field in which you can grow and build anything that you want. What would it look like? What would we find there? Who would be there? In one sidewalk square, draw this landscape". . Sounds fun, right?! . Drop by Lent Lane, in @downtownporthope, on either August 15th or 22nd from 9AM to NOON. Or both! . #criticalmassart #artistresidency #drawing #porthope #oldfields #exquisitecorpse #northumberland @ontrillium @exploreporthope @kawarthanow @northumberlandt @cbcarts ...

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THE REVEAL! PORT HOPE DRIFT 1: Walking + Drawing Challenge by artist Susan Campbell . A few weeks ago, @susancampbell922 asked Port Hope to share 5 of their favourite places to walk around town. This particular walk and drawing is based on a sampling of the feedback received from the community about their favourite places, and in this case, Susan focused her own drift in and around the Ganaraska River. Susan was positively overwhelmed by the volume of information that she received (Port Hope delivers!), and is really grateful to the community for participating! Some of the strongest themes that came across were places and memories about play… we could do a drift on that subject alone. Susan will join us next June for her residency and will delve further into Port Hope’s spaces. . Now, let’s take a look at the map: The spatial distribution implies relationships and adjacencies between points or a system of connections—which is very different from a sequence—and therefore establishes a spatial geography where perceptions and memories can be anchored. In this particular instance, the system of connections originates with the river, which is the main artery where many channels, inlets, bridges, and laneways intersect together. . #criticalmassart #porthope #contemporaryart #drawing #mapping #canadianartist #susancampbell ...

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🔈CALL FOR SOUND ARTISTS 🔈 Submission deadline: September 17, 2020 . #CallforSubmissions : Critical Mass (@criticalmassart) is excited to announce opportunities for socially-engaged sound artists and coders for our upcoming Port Hope Soundscapes mobile app project, made possible with funding from @ontrillium ! • This 2020 soundscape project is the first of its kind in Port Hope and has been created to provide professional #soundartists with the opportunity to work with #coders / #appdevelopers and a (user experience) #UXconsultant to animate Port Hope cultural and heritage spaces with compelling artistic auditory interpretations of public space. • Deadline to apply: September 17, 2020 by 11:59pm • See full details at: criticalmassart.com or on the link in our bio! . . . . @criticalmassart @ONtrillium @municipalityofporthope @exploreporthope #soundscapeartists #soundart #soundscapes #contemporaryart #canadianartists #porthope . Thanks for sharing @akimboart ...

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What an honour to have Minister @lisamacleod share the news of the province’s support of arts and culture in our region! Critical Mass is the proud recipient of 2 @ontrillium grants totalling $150,000 to launch 2 projects in 2020/2021: our artist-in-residence project at the Little Station and the development of a geo-targeted app that will trigger artist designed immersive soundscape experiences to animate heritage and cultural landmarks in Port Hope! ...

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