Artist: Luke Despatie
2021 Artist-in-Residence Program: Environment
Critical Mass: A Centre for Contemporary Art is delighted to welcome artists Susan Campbell, Mast Year Collective (Alexandra Hong & Farihah Aliyah Shah), Brian Hoad, and Lucas Morneau to our 2021 Artist-in-Residence Program! The residencies take place in our historic mid-1850s former little train station in downtown Port Hope, and are made possible with funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation and support from the Municipality of Port Hope.
During the residency, the artists’ projects will engage residents and visitors of Port Hope, creatively animate or add signiﬁcance to public spaces, and promote an appreciation of contemporary art practices. While the artist’s process is as important as the resulting artistic products, the scope of the residency projects may also produce an outcome such as, but not limited to: a temporary installation; a performance; creative collaboration; exhibition, or a shareable community experience.
Each artist will explore the curatorial theme of environment through the lens of their individual art practices and interests.
Environment is a touchstone word. We are aware of its moment and its urgency. Environment applies to all external factors that form us. Environment can be interpreted geographically, politically, or personally. It can be real or artificial; it can be macro or micro; internal or external.
When in an environment, we respond to what exists now, what came before, and to its potential. In stepping back and giving the word a bigger frame of reference, environment is about how we interact with the spaces we inhabit.
Welcome, 2021 Artists in Residence!
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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”.Read more