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

December 2020

Become a Member!

This Giving Tuesday and throughout December, join us to form a critical mass of support for the arts! Become a member, today!

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Starts Nov 27th

Colour Me, Port Hope – Candlelight Festival 2020

Come to Lent Lane this November & December to immerse yourself in the art! Pose in front of the Colour Me, Port Hope illustrated selfie panels or colour your own version of our postcard and send to a friend or loved one that you miss, this winter. 

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Nov 1

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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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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Dec 8

Critical Massive Adventure: Zine Reveal & Artist Talk

Zine Reveal & Artist Talk with Eli Gibson 

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Dec 10

Artist Talk and Q&A with David Jacob Harder

Join us on Thursday, December 10th at 7PM (ET) for an Artist Talk and Q&A Session with Critical Mass artist-in-residence, David Jacob Harder. Zoom registration is required.

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Oct 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 7-14

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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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, 2019

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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Nov-Dec 2020

We Are Here – Community Art Installation

Critical Mass invites you to be in good company this winter. We Are Here is a community art installation made up of the smiling faces of Port Hope and its visitors. Be part of the art. Send us your best selfie!

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Aug 10-22

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 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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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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Eek! A bat! And many other native species, waiting for you in Lent Lane #PortHope! As part of the Annual Candlelight Festival (on until end of December), #CriticalMassArt introduces Colour Me, Port Hope: an installation made to interact with, safely. #findandseek #floraandfauna ...

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Eek! A bat! And many other native species, waiting for you in Lent Lane #PortHope! As part of the Annual Candlelight Festival (on until end of December), #CriticalMassArt introduces Colour Me, Port Hope: an installation made to interact with, safely. #findandseek #floraandfauna ...

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This Giving Tuesday and throughout the month of December, join us to form a critical mass of support for the arts! Become a member, today! . As a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organization, our ability to bring engaging art experiences to the community is made possible through the time and generosity of our local volunteers. We do not receive operational grants. Our projects are funded by project grants, sponsorships from local businesses and from individual donations. . Your membership helps us cover the costs of ‘keeping the lights on’ and supports our mission to bring accessible arts experiences and education to the community. Individual memberships $25; Household memberships $40. . Members get to be a part of the decision-making process, are in the know first about our upcoming art happenings, events, and artist talks, and are part of a critical mass of arts enthusiasts and supporters that support our mission to bring accessible art experiences to the community. . Also, we think we're a pretty fun group, and would love to get to know you! We are truly grateful for your support. . See link in bio or to download our membership form and for payment details. . . . . . #givingtuesday #criticalmassart #porthope ...

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Through Ferns is today’s image from my CMS_Art_Projects exhibition Other echoes (at home) on The exhibition has been extended until this weekend so I’ll be posting a few more favourites! The work will then be added to my portfolio. Check it out! Through Ferns, 12”x12”, 30.5 cm x 30.5cm, frottage and relief on washi, 2020. $300.00 #naturalcollector #yaelbrotman #libby_hague #dougguildford #kellymccray7590 #jenn_rose_law #stewartpenelope #aprilhickox #freudsbride101 catherine heard #printmaking #linocut #screenprint  #intaglio #lithography #relief #painting #botanical #landscape #stilllife #frottage #openstudio_toronto #the_jpp #fern #ceramics #iloveporthope #criticalmassartporthope #criticalmassart #canadianartists #artistsoninstagram ...

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I spy some familiar faces! Be part of We Are Here - a community art project connecting the people of Port Hope. Get your face included by DMing us your best selfie this weekend! We’re putting our first round of bunting together this week. . . . . #criticalmass #criticalmassart #contemporaryart #WeAreHere #installation #community #porthope #communityart #bunting #covidart #localssupportlocal #supportlocal #local #downtown #publicart #urbanart #openairgallery #artunites #artinisolation #artconnects ...

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HELD OVER Other echoes (at home), artsy online exhibition cms_art_projects by Liz PARKINSON held over to December 6. Work still available. Amazing work for amazing gifts naturalcollector Snow Today—and I’m Gazing Out Gazing Out, 12”x12”, 30.5 cm x 30.5cm, relief, embossing and acrylic on washi, 2020. $300.00 There are 5 more days for my CMS_Art_Projects exhibition Other echoes (at home) on The exhibition runs until December 4 when the work will be added to my portfolio. #naturalcollector #yaelbrotman #libby_hague #dougguildford #kellymccray7590 #jenn_rose_law #stewartpenelope #aprilhickox #freudsbride101 catherine heard #printmaking #linocut #mezzotint #screenprint #intaglio #lithography #relief #painting #botanical #landscape #stilllife #tree #openstudio_toronto #the_jpp #ceramics #iloveporthope #criticalmassartporthope #criticalmassart #canadianartists #artistsoninstagram ...

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