Call for Artists: Critical Mass Residencies, Soundscapes, and Community-Focused Art Leaders & Innovators

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The Little Station – model and photo by Luke Despatie

Critical Mass Call for Artists
(Multiple opportunities for Residencies, Soundscapes, and Community-Focused Art Leaders & Innovators)


Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 8, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.

4 Artists in Residence: 4 weeks between (June 2022 & Sept 2022)
2 Sound Artists: Project begin Fall 2021 and launch by spring/summer 2022
2 Community Art Leaders: Begin asap (Summer 2021), end by Spring 2022.
2 Art Innovators: Begin Fall 2021, end by Summer 2022.

Stipends:
$5,000 per curator, artist or artist collective;
$7,500 for soundscape artists (includes licensing agreement)

Location: Port Hope, Ontario


Critical Mass: A Centre for Contemporary Art is a Port Hope-based not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing contemporary art experiences to our community, in Port Hope, Ontario.

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.

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.

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The Little Station – photo by Debbie Beattie

A) Opportunity #1: Artists in Residence (4 positions – Summer 2022, 1 month each)

We have 4 month-long artist residency opportunities for our 2022 season, which take place between June 2022 and September 2022. Artists in residence are asked to address the curatorial theme of emergence or “where do we go from here?” in their residency project. 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?

B) Opportunity #2: Sound Artists (2 positions – 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 soundwalk in Port Hope?

C) Opportunity #3: Community Art Leaders (2 positions – 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?

D) Opportunity #4: Art Innovators (2 positions – Begin Fall 2021, end by Summer 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.

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.

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The Little Station Gallery/Workspace – photo by Fiona Crangle

For more details on each of these opportunities and to submit your proposal visit criticalmassart.com.

Our Program Director will also host two information sessions over Zoom to discuss these opportunities in more detail and answer any questions. Attendees must register in advance.

Session 1: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @7PM
Session 2: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 @7PM

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 8, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.

Critical Mass gratefully thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Municipality of Port Hope for funding of these projects.

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

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

To apply, submit your application through our “Submittable” online application form.


For all inquiries, contact:

Debbie Beattie (she/her)
Program Director
Critical Mass Art
Port Hope, ON

Phone: 905-269-2120
Email: debbie@criticalmassart.com
Website: criticalmassart.com

Facebook: /CriticalMassPortHope
Instagram: @CriticalMassArt
Twitter: @CriticalMassArt


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