Call for Submissions: Critical Mass 2020 Port Hope Soundscapes Project


Queen Street, photo by Debbie Beattie

Call for Submissions Released: Friday, July 17, 2020

Open Information Sessions for prospective applicants:
ZOOM registration required in advance

Session 1: Sunday, August 9, 2PM

Session 2: Sunday, Sept 6, 2PM

Submission Deadline: September 17, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
Jury Deliberation and Selection: September 18 – September 30, 2020
Notification by: October 6, 2020

Project Start/End: START mid-October, 2020; END March 2021

Budget allows for 115 hours (includes 10yr usage agreement); Beta version available by spring 2021 (March/April); Final launch by fall 2021 (September/October)

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.

Critical Mass is offering two socially-engaged sound artists (or collectives) an opportunity to create and develop immersive soundscape experiences played through a GPS-guided walking app in Port Hope, funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The project will begin this October (2020) and must be ready for a March 2021 beta launch. The total stipend awarded to a selected artist is $7,500 (for up to 115 hours of community research, admin, and project development) with 50% paid at the start of the project and 50% upon conclusion. The budget includes an agreement for a 10-year usage agreement. Please note that artists will require their own equipment and materials, and/or will be responsible to cover any rental fees required.

This 2020 soundscape project is the first of its kind in Port Hope and has been created to provide professional sound artists with the opportunity to work with coders and app developers and a user experience consultant to animate Port Hope cultural and heritage spaces with immersive sound art experiences delivered by mobile phones on a GPS-guided app. The goal of this project is to enrich how locals and visitors alike experience Port Hope’s identity, by using smartphone geolocation capabilities to explore the town’s landmarks and local stories.

Selected artists will work with the community to co-curate compelling, art-forward auditory interpretations of space. Artists will also work closely with our Program Director and an app developer to ensure the app is art-forward and will meet the artist’s needs as set out in the initial scope of the project.

Learn more about the Critical Mass Soundscape Project in our 2020 Soundscape Project Overview.

Critical Mass is committed to cultivating a positive and supportive creative environment that promotes equity and diversity and welcomes applications from persons with disabilities, Indigenous and racialized persons, women and individuals of diverse genders and sexual orientations.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of arts and culture professionals, board members and our program director. Decisions will be announced by Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

To apply, fill out the online application form through Submittable.


For more information, contact:

Debbie Beattie
Program Director
Critical Mass: A Centre for Contemporary Art
Port Hope, ON

Phone: 905-269-2120

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