Critical Mass

A Centre for Contemporary Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Critical Mass!

We believe in Art for All!

Critical Mass is a not-for-profit contemporary art organization based in Port Hope, Ontario, on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work, create and present art on these lands that the Williams Treaties First Nations have been and continue to be the stewards and caretakers.

We believe that art changes how we see the world and our place in it. We bring contemporary art experiences to Port Hope so that everyone in our community can have the opportunity to see the world anew.

This year, we’re grateful to have the investment from Ontario Trillium Foundation to support 3 exciting projects! Two Seed grants have allowed us to pilot an Artist-in-Residence program, and develop a Sound Art Walking App. A Resilient Communities grant has also afforded us the opportunity to support our organization’s ability to stabilize through this pandemic, reimagine how we deliver our programming, and adapt our space to offer safe art experiences for the community!

Stay connected for updates to our residency line up and programming schedule, artist talks or spotlights, community engagement activities and challenges. Or have a look back on some of our past projects, and check in for artist calls, volunteer opportunities and membership updates.

What’s On & Featured

Whats On December

What's On in December!

December’s calendar is a full one! Celebrate the end of 2022 with us at one of our nights of projected artworks, sign up for a drawing & animation workshop, and join us for an ‘early’ NYE illuminated event and 8pm countdown at the CN Rail Trestles!

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Pumpkin Parade

4th Annual Pumpkin Parade, Nov 1

You’re invited to the 4th Annual Pumpkin Parade! This free event takes place on the night after Halloween and gives the community an opportunity to show off their creative designs and display their jack-o-lanterns for all to see one last time!

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whats on september

Snapshot of What's On in September

September is one of the busiest months in Port Hope for events! Here’s a look at what we have planned for September! Come meet and co-create an idyllic cardboard version of Port Hope with our final artists and residents for the 2022 season – The Department of Illumination! You will find them weekends at the Little Station, and out at signature events such as Fall Fair and Cultivate. 

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We're Hiring!

Snapshot of What's On in August

August is Arts Month in Port Hope! We’re delighted to showcase Port Hope based artist Oli Goldsmith for our August Artist in Residence. To register for a workshop rsvp at info@criticalmassart.com.

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We're Hiring!

Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19

Come fly a kite with us!

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We're Hiring!

June Artists in Residence

NEL2R’s residency project will explore the coalesence of posthumanism, digital intimacy, and contemporary environmental-social discourse. Machine-learning and AI meets installation & performance art, created with Port Hope archival data, community anecdotes, folklore, and more!

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Life of a Small Town

Life of a Small Town

Life of a Small Town by Greta Grip & Lee Jones will document a year in the life of the Port Hope community emerging from the pandemic together.

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Call for Board Members

Call for Board Members

We’re currently recruiting Board Members to help lead our organization in the next phase of growth.

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Until Dec 20

Take Our Arts Survey

Port Hope Arts Impact Survey

We’re considering some big ideas for making contemporary art more prominent in Port Hope, and we really want to hear what sort of arts activities and programming you would like to see, do, and experience!

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illuminights poster

Illuminights – Nov 25, Dec 2 & 16!

Critical Mass Art: Port Hope is lighting up the town this winter with ILLUMINIGHTS! This winter series of outdoor projection art installations will feature three artists, in 3 locations, on 3 nights. Curated by Artengine, ILLUMINIGHTS presents works that reflect on the fluid relationship between ourselves, change, and the technology that surrounds us. 

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Boxtopia

Free Film Screening, Nov 1

At sundown, enjoy a free screening of Colin Carvey’s Long Halloween, a funny, black & white silent slasher film by Two Blue Shirts Productions! Projected on the Little Station, at the Pumpkin Parade.

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Boxtopia

Boxtopia! Saturday, Sep 3rd

Join us Saturday, September 3rd in Memorial Park (from 10 to 3)  to help our artists in residence kick off their residency with a BIG cardboard community build! What does your idyllic town look like? Let’s build it together!

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Procession of Port Hope

Art Bingo & BBQ

Join us Saturday, August 13th at dusk for a visual Art Bingo and a BBQ.

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Procession of Port Hope

Raising Big Questions – West Beach

Where do we go from here? Let’s raise some questions together collectively to find out.

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Procession of Port Hope

Port Hope Borderlines

Multi-media artist Jessica Thompson uses sound to create new meanings of place. On May 28th, she led a soundwalk in downtown Port Hope. She will return on June 26th for a Borderlines workshop.

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Greta Grip

Greta Grip – Life of a Small Town

Life of a Small Town by Greta Grip & Lee Jones will document a year in the life of the Port Hope community emerging from the pandemic together.

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Call for Volunteers

Call for Volunteers

We have an exciting year planned and need helping hands for a variety of roles!

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Dec 15

Tracey-Mae Chambers

Tracey-Mae Chambers: Hope and Healing Canada

RAIN DATE – Wednesday, December 15th – Hamilton-based Métis artist, Tracey-Mae Chambers will spread her message of Hope and Healing with red yarn installation on the front lawn at Port Hope Town Hall. Residents are invited to watch and to engage with Chambers as she works on her art installation throughout the day.

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Illuminights site map

Illuminights – 3 locations!

Be sure to visit all three locations in downtown Port Hope to view artworks by Laura Taler, Baron Lanteigne and Mercedes Ventura! Visit the event page to watch interviews with the artists to learn more about their practices and works presented in Port Hope.

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Silent Auction Nov 1 to 4

Silent Auction Nov 1 to 4

The ‘All Aboard’ Exhibition kicks off a Silent Auction during the Pumpkin Parade in the Little Station. Come see the whimsical small world — a cardboard version of Port Hope, created by The Department of Illumination, and then bid on your faves! Proceeds to be split between Critical Mass and DOI.

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Department of Illumination

September Artists in Residence

During their September residency, Krista Dalby and Nella Casson of the Department of Illumination hope to spark our imaginations through the theme of train travel and will engage the community to help them build an idyllic model scale cardboard version of Port Hope.

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Andrew Maize

August Artist in Residence

During his August residency, Oli Goldsmith hopes to spark viewers’ imaginations to rediscover their surroundings through ‘new eyes’ – through his own re-discovery and artistic representation of Port Hope.

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Andrew Maize

Andrew Maize – Art Innovator

Learn more about Andrew’s art practice. 

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Jenn Goodwin

Jenn Goodwin – Procession of Hope

Jenn Goodwin, developed a procession to lead the community into spring and encouraging us to reconnect with each other, ourselves, and our bodies. 

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Lee Jones

Lee Jones – Life of a Small Town

Life of a Small Town by Greta Grip & Lee Jones will document a year in the life of the Port Hope community emerging from the pandemic together.

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Call for Local Artists

Call for LOCAL Artists!

August is Arts Month in Port Hope, and we have an artist residency opportunity available for a local artist, curator, or artist collective.

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Nov 26 – Dec 18

Take Our Arts Survey

2021 Candlelight Festival

We will host a nocturnal spectacle outside the Little Station in Lent Lane on November 26th. Join us for a projected and live-typed textravaganza An Eye For An Ear featuring local writers, poets and artists. PLUS, drop in to the Little Sation toget a behind the scenes glimpse at a whimsical winter artist workshop. Artist and puppet-maker, Kelly Kirkham will be working on creating a lot of puppets for her upcoming show Sightseer at the AGN, Jan 8 to Feb 26, 2022.

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That’s a wrap! 2021 AIR Pilot Program

AIR Wrap Up Celebration

AIR Wrap Up Celebration Event

That’s a Wrap! Critical Mass celebrates the artists of our pilot Artist-in-Residence program, and our funders Ontario Trillium Foundation and Municipality of Port Hope who made it all possible. Join us Saturday, Oct 23rd at 5:30 p.m. for an early evening picnic to recap the highlights!

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Sound Art Sundays

Mast Year Collective – July 2021

During their residency, Mast Year Collective will explore how food – from making, to sharing, to eating – is entwined and grounded in our physical environments both past and present.

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Sound Art Sundays

2021 Artist-in-Residence Line Up

We are excited to announce our 2021 artist in residence line up! Made possible with funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Sound Art Sundays

Brian Hoad – August 2021

During his residency, Brian Hoad will explore personal narratives from his time coming-of-age in Port Hope, considering themes of memory, nostalgia, and an interest in how people connect with their envionment, both now and throughout history.

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Sound Art Sundays

Susan Campbell – June 2021

During her residency, Susan Campbell will be mapping the evolving cultural palimpsest of what our community values and preserves. How we talk to one another through messages, notes, posters, and official signs can be mapped from our environment.

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Sound Art Sundays

Lucas Morneau – September 2021

During their residency, Lucas Morneau will explore the cultural environment in sports (hockey in particular), and reclaim the racially charged and homophobic pejoratives often used to attack a player’s “manliness”.

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We’re excited to introduce you to @mercedesmventura’s digital collage and video works at ILLUMINIGHTS!

Mercedes Ventura is an interdisciplinary artist based in Ottawa, Ontario. Mercedes is Canadian-Guatemalan and her work focuses on ideas of how identity is influenced by gender, pop culture, ethnicity and environment.

The Sundew Mall, Expansion Pack is a series of digital collage and language that calls back to early internet and Y2K video game aesthetics. Allegory for the internet and feeling trapped within it and within social media. Thinking about our relationship to the screen, Ventura raises questions of identity and representation. Her work explores the opportunities that arise for us to recreate ourselves on the screens around us. Each time we make and remake ourselves for the screen, how do we keep track of what is authentic and what is an act? Does this matter?

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https://youtu.be/3rVd9qEzsKk

Dates: Nov 25, Dec 2 and Dec 16!
Details at: criticalmassart.com/illuminights

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We’re excited to introduce you to @mercedesmventura’s digital collage and video works at ILLUMINIGHTS!

Mercedes Ventura is an interdisciplinary artist based in Ottawa, Ontario. Mercedes is Canadian-Guatemalan and her work focuses on ideas of how identity is influenced by gender, pop culture, ethnicity and environment.

The Sundew Mall, Expansion Pack is a series of digital collage and language that calls back to early internet and Y2K video game aesthetics. Allegory for the internet and feeling trapped within it and within social media. Thinking about our relationship to the screen, Ventura raises questions of identity and representation. Her work explores the opportunities that arise for us to recreate ourselves on the screens around us. Each time we make and remake ourselves for the screen, how do we keep track of what is authentic and what is an act? Does this matter?

Or copy this link into your browser:
youtu.be/3rVd9qEzsKk

Dates: Nov 25, Dec 2 and Dec 16!
Details at: criticalmassart.com/illuminights

@perfectwknds
@ontrilllium
@municipalityofporthope
@artengine
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