Critical Mass

A Centre for Contemporary Art


















Welcome to Critical Mass! We have exciting news!

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, and because we were so impressed by the submissions, we selected 2 additional artists for 3-week residencies funded by a Community Grant from the Municipality of Port Hope! These residencies were set in motion to take place this May through October in our little train station, in Port Hope, Ontario. However, in March, COVID-19 happened. The world had to pause, and adapt.

We had to push back our residencies 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. Next up, Susan Campbell!

What’s On

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 – 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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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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Sharing this great reading list for time well spent in the hammock this Canada Day! ...

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Well folks, that's all for today. The pie is done and I can't wait to try it, pie is a breakfast food, right? Thanks for spending time with me today, it's been a slice! ...

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My husband, Ed, adding lights to our front porch display just before it started to rain. The giant paper mache veggies were made by me a few years ago and are displayed yearly around harvest time on our porch. With everyone spending time close to home (and going for many, many walks to break up the monotony) we decided to pull them out of storage early to give our neighbours something fun to look at while they stroll around the neighbourhood. . Sidenote: If you've been to a Critical Mass event over the past couple of years then you may recognize Ed, he tirelessly puts up tents, hangs lights, and generally fixes whatever needs to be fixed. Thanks for being awesome @etothed101 #papermache #papermacheart ...

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Oh look! A giant budgie in its natural habitat. I love making homemade costumes for the kids and over the years they've been everything from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to the Demogorgan for Halloween. Francis, my youngest, loves getting dressed up for any occasion and thinks it's hilarious to surprise the neighbours while in costume. #lookoutforthatbird #bigbudgie #budgiemask ...

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As an artist and newcomer to Port Hope, Critical Mass artist-in-residence Susan Campbell wants to enlist your help to create a sensory map of the area.

You will be provided with a map and asked to plot out your favourite places in Port Hope.

Maps can be picked up at The Little Station on Lent Lane, or downloaded at

You are encouraged to write notes (a memory, a recollection, etc.) or draw directly onto the map. Feel free to use your own map, or scrap of paper, if you wish! Please submit your maps to us by next Tuesday, July 14th.

Based on your suggestions, Susan will then walk from one place to another, mapping and drawing what she sees, learns, and understands about these special places, and then share those results with us.
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