Call for Submissions




Photo: Little Station gallery / workspace 

Artist Call: Artist Residency (August)

Critical Mass has chosen “Where do we go from here?” for its 2022 programming theme.

We are looking for artists to lead us in generating conversations and safe community engagement art activities that shift all of our thinking about contemporary art and our place in the world.

We want to look widely, think deeply, discuss and activate programming important for our community right now and that will help shape Critical Mass and Port Hope in the future.

Submission Deadline:
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Sunday, April 3, 2022
by 11:59 p.m.


ZOOM INFORMATION SESSION: (registration required)

1) Wednesday, March 23, 2022 @7PM 


In-Person INFORMATION SESSION: (drop-in at the Little Station on Lent Lane)

2) Saturday, March 26, 2022 @1PM


Or request a phone call with our Program Director before March 25.



1) Artist Residency – 2022 Season

Length: 4 weeks
(August 2022)

$5,000 (per curator, artist, or artist collective)

Port Hope, Ontario 

Not a live-in residency.

Accessibility: The Little Station gallery and artist studio is a partially-accessible facility.


What to include in your application:

1. Your CV or Resumé
2. Artist Bio (150 words or less)
3. Project Proposal (1-Page or less)
4. 3 examples of previous work
5. List of work samples with name, title, size, &/or links to video or sound files.

Please include your website and/or social media handles on your Work Samples List

Our Call for multiple artist positions is Now Closed, however…we have great news for LOCAL artists!

We are reserving one Artist Residency position for the month of August. We are currently opening the CALL for a community-focused LOCAL artist, artist collective or curator. Call is open until March 27th. Please note: Deadline extended until April 3rd! 

All of our lives have been shaken by both the pandemic and the important cultural and social issues brought to the forefront over the past couple years. We are now at a time and place of change.

Where do we go from here? 

As Critical Mass moves into our second decade as a centre for contemporary art, we are looking for artists to look widely, think deeply, discuss and lead new programming that addresses current societal shifts to expand our thinking and deepen our relationship with every member of the community. Critical Mass exists to generate interactive contemporary art experiences for all.

What have we learned? How have we adapted? What do we carry forward? What do we leave behind? 

Join us in mapping our direction by addressing real change on a personal, collective and institutional level.

To reach our goals we are looking for artists to lead us in generating conversations and safe community engagement art activities that shift all of our thinking about contemporary art and our place in the world.

We are currently seeking 1 LOCAL Artist, Artist collective, or Curator for an August Artist Residency, who wants the opportunity to examine these important issues with Critical Mass and the Port Hope community for the month of August, 2022. 

A) Opportunity #1: Artists in Residence (1 position for an August 2022 Residency)

Summer 2022 Residencies

We have 4 month-long artist residency opportunities for our 2022 season, which take place between June 2022 and September 2022. How are you as an artist, artist collective, or curator addressing critical contemporary issues in your work? What do you want to change? How would access to our urban/rural audience make a difference in your practice?

Learn more about the Artist-in-Residence program in our program overview.

B) CLOSED: Sound Artists (these positions are currently filled)

Begin work in Fall 2021 for launch Summer 2022

How would access to our SoundWalks mobile app enhance your practice and further develop your thinking about important contemporary issues? How would you address these in a sound walk in Port Hope?

Read more for info about our SoundWalks mobile app.

C) CLOSED: Community Art Leaders (these positions are currently filled)

Begin community consultations Summer 2021 with project completion by Spring/Summer 2022

How would you use your community-based art practice to act as a catalyst of change within our urban/rural community? What grassroots approach would you imagine trying that could excite interest and help our community recover from the pandemic and importantly connect with each other?

This opportunity should begin with community consultations in the Summer of 2021 with work during the fall and winter and project completion by Summer 2022. The artist or art collectives will use their community art practice to lead safe interactive community art experiences to promote collective, positive long-lasting community relationships leading to a culminatory installation in public places.

D) CLOSED: Art Innovators (these positions are currently filled)

Begin Fall 2021, end by Spring 2022

As a curator, artist or artist collective do you have a vision for the future? Is there a project you would like to initiate that can develop over time? Consult with us so that together we can create new ways of presenting meaningful contemporary art experiences that resonate now and in the future.

This opportunity is for curators, artists or arts collectives to consult with Critical Mass to develop and instigate innovative, inclusive and sustainable programming.

We are seeking artists to propose “art-post-pandemic” projects to expand our organization’s and our community’s imagination with respect to arts and post-pandemic recovery. These projects (developed through the upcoming winter and displayed by April 2022 would challenge our community to think about art’s place in our emergence and challenge our organization to think about how it presents art that inspires change. Importantly, both these positions would involve consultation and solution-finding about public art display that breaks from the traditional gallery model. Potential examples include (digital gallery on our website, or mobile art display unit using elements already approved in the grant).

Who can apply?

August is Arts Month in Port Hope and Critical Mass wants to dedicate this month of our residency season to a local artist, artist collective or curator. You can apply if you are living in the region.

The Critical Mass curatorial team will consider your proposal as part of a cohesive residency season.  Our goal is to create a meaningful/healing/thoughtful/challenging, and visionary contemporary art program for the Port Hope community. 

Critical Mass is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We welcome the unique contributions that you bring.

Critical Mass gratefully thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Municipality of Port Hope for funding our 2022 programming.

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 27, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. Deadline EXTENDED until Sunday, April 3, 2022!

To apply, submit your application via email to:

For all inquiries, contact:
Debbie Beattie (she/her)
Program Director
Critical Mass Art
Port Hope, ON