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 co-exist on this land and acknowledge that the Williams Treaties First Nations have been stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters for millennia.

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

Nov 3, 2021 

Tracey-Mae Chambers

Tracey-Mae Chambers: Hope and Healing Canada

On October 25th Hamilton-based Métis artist, Tracey-Mae Chambers spreads 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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Nov 1, 2021

3rd Annual Pumpkin Parade

Pumpkin Parade

On Monday, November 1st, bring your pumpkins out to shine one last time at the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Parade! We’ll compost all pumpkins after the event, courtesy of Harnden Haulage. Pumpkin drop off between 4-5:30 p.m. Pumpkin viewing in Lent Lane from 6-8:30 p.m.

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Oct 23, 2021

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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Welcome, 2021 Artists-in-Residence!

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

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

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

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

Meet the artist!

Drop by the Little Station during Open Studio Hours to meet the artist. This June, Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 2pm. 

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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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Get those gorgeous gourds ready for their pumpkin parade debut!

On Monday, November 1st Critical Mass is hosting our 3rd annual pumpkin parade.  🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

Pumpkin drop off at the Little Station in Lent Lane from 4:00pm-5:30pm. 

See the parade of pumpkins for one last chance to shine! Pumpkin viewing between 6:00pm-8:30pm. 

Pumpkins will be available to local farmers for feed and will be composted after the event, courtesy of Harden Haulage.

Covid safety measures will be in place. 

#pumpkinparade
#porthope
#artforall

@municipalityofporthope 
@exploreporthope 
@downtownporthope 
@watershedmagazine 
@kawarthanow

Get those gorgeous gourds ready for their pumpkin parade debut!

On Monday, November 1st Critical Mass is hosting our 3rd annual pumpkin parade. 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

Pumpkin drop off at the Little Station in Lent Lane from 4:00pm-5:30pm.

See the parade of pumpkins for one last chance to shine! Pumpkin viewing between 6:00pm-8:30pm.

Pumpkins will be available to local farmers for feed and will be composted after the event, courtesy of Harden Haulage.

Covid safety measures will be in place.

#pumpkinparade
#porthope
#artforall

@municipalityofporthope
@exploreporthope
@downtownporthope
@watershedmagazine
@kawarthanow
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