Critical Mass

A Centre for Contemporary Art


















Welcome to Critical Mass! We have exciting news!

Critical Mass is offering socially-engaged contemporary artists a paid two-week or four-week residency, funded by an Ontario Trillium SEED Grant. We will award up to 4, four-week residencies (or equivalent) to take place in our mid-1850s former little train station, in Port Hope, Ontario this spring, summer, or early fall. Call for Submissions are now closed. Thank you to the 113 artists from across Canada and from over 14 countries who submitted thoughtful and creative proposals.

Stay tuned as we will announce our Artists in Residence soon!!!

What’s On

Mar 18 – Apr 24

#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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Dec 8

Critical Massive Adventure: Zine Reveal & Artist Talk

Zine Reveal & Artist Talk with Eli Gibson 

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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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@midwife.erinlee Our jury thinks this window display by Pyper is amazing!! We’ll PM you details to arrange a prize drop on your porch this afternoon. 🙂 Thanks for spreading joy, Pyper!!! ...

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Congratulations @byellebee! Your window was selected as an early draw by one of our sponsors Dr Anna Tucka. We love your message and encourage everyone to “keep on squeezing!” Gift certificate to @thisishappenstance is coming your way! 🙂 🍋🍋🍋 ...

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Gift certificates to support our local businesses are already pouring in thanks to our sponsors Dr. Anna Tucka, Schmidt Law Legal Services, SMM Law, and the board of directors of Critical Mass. These will make wonderful prizes for all those artful window entries. Here are our first batch of gift certificates, with more to follow! @thisishappenstance @bibelotph @furbyhousebooks @suntreefoods @thebeamishhousepub Coming up next will be @holtonflowers @dreamerscafeport @hotelcarlyleporthope @localno90 @olympusburger @jimzaph and Ganaraska Art and Framing! We look forward to seeing all the beautiful windows! #frommywindow #porthope #caremongering #supportlocal ...

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At Critical Mass, we believe that art is for all. We are CALLING ON THE ARTISTS, KIDS, FAMILIES, and BUSINESSES of PORT HOPE to join us in the #frommywindow movement that started in Spain. Help us create an outdoor gallery of decorated windows, to enjoy while we are out for our walks (keeping safe distances from others of course). . Participants of all ages and abilities will also have a chance to win prizes that support our local businesses. Think gift certificates to your fave restaurants, bakery, coffee shop, book store, and more! . Our goal is to bring Port Hope together: to bring joy to each other through art, and to also take care of our local businesses. Together we will get through this hardship. Here’s how the challenge works: 1. Decorate your window(s) with a colourful display of art or crafts 2. Take a photo of your window and post it to your social media page 3. Use the hashtags #FromMyWindow #PortHope and #Caremongering 4. Tag @criticalmassart . When you tag @criticalmassart you'll be entered for a chance to win one of our care-fully selected prizes! . In the spirit of caremongering, Critical Mass has assembled a selection of prizes -- gift certificates -- that support local businesses. . If you would like to donate a prize to help out our local businesses, please contact to arrange a prize donation. Draws will take place every Friday. The first draw will be held on Friday, March 27th. . The draw for prizes will continue each Friday until the kids are able to go back to school; until the restaurants and bars are able to reopen; and until we can get back to our daily routines. The Critical Mass curatorial committee will select windows that bring us joy each week, and will give back a little joy with some local prizes. . This #frommywindow intitiative explores Critical Mass’ theme of environment, by looking at how our ‘personal’ environments and places we inhabit are affected by social and physical isolation. For more information about our upcoming programming, visit . . . #frommywindow #porthope #caremongering #criticalmassart #socialdistancing @porthopenow, @northnews, @kawarthanow, @cbcarts ...

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