Multiple Opportunities for Residencies, Soundscapes, and Community-Focused Art Leaders & Innovators!
All of our lives have been shaken by both the pandemic and the important cultural and social issues brought to the forefront this past year. We are now at a time and place of change.
Critical Mass has chosen “Where do we go from here?” for its 2021-2022 programming theme.
We are looking for multiple 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.
Where do we go from here?
As we move 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 multiple 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 seeking 4 Artists in Residence, 2 Sound Artists, 2 Community Artist Leaders and 2 Artist Innovators who want the opportunity to examine these important issues with Critical Mass and the Port Hope community over the next year.
Who can apply?
You or your artist collective can apply to one, many, or all of our opportunities. The Critical Mass curatorial team will consider all proposals to curate a cohesive, meaningful/healing/thoughtful/ challenging, and visionary contemporary art program for the Port Hope community now and in the future.
Artists living in, or with connections to, the region are particularly encouraged to apply. Projects that incorporate distance or remote components, or other innovative virtual forms of residency, are also welcome.
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 of these projects.
Application Deadline: Sunday, August 8, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
To apply, submit your application through our online Submittable application form.
ZOOM INFORMATION SESSIONS: (registration required)
1) Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @7PM
2) Wednesday, July 28, 2021 @7PM
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 or artist collective 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 2020 Artist-in-Residence Program Overview.
4 Residencies – 2022 Season
Length: 4 weeks
(June, July, August, September)
$5,000 (per curator, artist, or collective)
Port Hope, Ontario
Not a live-in residency.