History and Vision

Established in 2012, Critical Mass: A Centre for Contemporary Art  is an incorporated, non-profit arts organization. We are a group of curators, artists and art supporters dedicated to bringing cutting-edge contemporary art experiences to residents of Northumberland County. Founding Board members were Aurelie Collings, Liz Parkinson, Fiona Crangle and Sarah Jacob.

Critical Mass supports community engagement and socially-aware contemporary visual art practices across a range of media and methods. We curate and create installations, events and workshops in unexpected public places.  It is our eventual goal to have a bricks and mortar home, with an exhibition space, studio space, and an artist in residence program. Until that time, we continue pursue projects and exhibitions which use existing community resources, in collaboration with a range of community stakeholders and businesses. It is our aim to create vital connections between our village/rural locale and the urban arts communities in the “GTA-Montreal culture corridor”, including re-kindling Port Hope’s historic ties with post-secondary educational institutions.

We are honoured to have the support of both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the support of a number of local businesses and individual patrons, the County of Northumberland, and the Municipality of Port Hope.

Board of Directors
Charles Wickett, President
Debbie Beattie, Secretary
Ania Tucka, Treasurer
Sarah Jacob, Legal Counsel
Miles Bowman
Phil Goldsmith
Ted Rouse
Jason Schmidt
Sarah Yoo