Critical Mass

A Centre for Contemporary Art


















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.

If you missed our info sessions, here’s a recording of the slideshow.

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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Call for submissions for the Port Hope Soundscapes pilot project are now closed. Thank you all for your incredible proposals! We look forward to reviewing them all! We appreciate the time, thought and creativity you have put into your proposals. We will notify all candidates of our decision by October 6th. ✨⭐️ ...

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Today is the day! Submissions due by midnight tonight! We’re so very excited to review all the applications for our upcoming Port Hope soundscapes project. Thank you to everyone applying! ...

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Deadline for artist, coder and UX submissions for Port Hope Soundscapes project is tomorrow (September 17) by 11:59 p.m. Link in bio. Good luck everyone! We can’t wait to review your submissions. ...

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We’re chatting with our upcoming artist-in-residence @schuylerdawson tonight at 6 PM (EST). Free to join in! Zoom registration link in bio! ...

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Takeover Tuesday is back and we are delighted to ‘virtually’ introduce you to @schuylerdawson who will be taking over our social accounts from California, and will be doing his artist residency with us next fall! . Be sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook stories for some behind the scenes looks at Schuyler’s past work and to learn a bit about his process. Schuyler will also be giving an artist talk this Thursday at 6PM. Registration details to follow! . Schuyler Dawson was born and raised at the intersection of urban and rural in Marin County, California, on the outskirts of the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his BFA from San Diego State University and MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, NY. When he is not working as an educator or on his practice, Schuyler works as a labourer and carpenter, a cross-generationally occupied profession in his family. . His work explores the relationship to labor through our personal experiences and histories, as well as how we relate to the environments we inhabit as beings of agency. Through site specific installations and photography he creates moments of play, wonder, curiosity, and mystery to give viewers pause to contemplate the curious nature of our existence. His most recent series uses cast concrete hands to juxtaposes our impermanence with a durable material, highlighting the lasting effects we have on our cultural and natural environments. . . . #takeovertuesday #bts #artistinresidence #contemporaryart #sculpture #criticalmassart #porthope . Residency made possible with funding from @ontrillium ...

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