Critical Mass Artist-in-Residence Program 2020: Environment

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
Residency Length:  2 weeks or 4 weeks between (Apr 15 - Oct 15, 2020)
# of Residencies Awarded: up to four, 4-week residencies (or equivalent)
Honorarium: $2,125 (2 weeks) or $3,875 (4 weeks)  
Location: Port Hope, Ontario. Not a live-in residency.

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 artists a paid two-week or four-week residency in an historic mid-1850s former Little Train Station this Spring, Summer or Fall, funded by an Ontario Trillium SEED Grant.

Please note that this is not a live-in residency. Artists will be responsible for their own living arrangements, personal expenses, materials, and supplies.

The Artist-in-Residence opportunity provides socially-engaged artists from Canada and abroad with the time and space to generate new or bold ideas; showcase their creative practice; build their body of work and connect with individuals in the urban/rural small town community of Port Hope.

Environment is the chosen curatorial theme for 2020 programming. Artists may explore this theme in terms of the natural and/or cultural environment as widely or as narrowly as their practice and interests dictate.

Selected artists will work with our Program Director and our program goals and requirements to deliver a program that reflects a balance of creative practice development, theme exploration, collaboration and community engagement.

Learn more about our 2020 Artist-in-Residence program in the Program Overview.

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

Application Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of artists, community stakeholders, board and staff members, and decisions will be announced by Friday, March 13, 2020.

To apply, submit your application through Submittable.

Application Requirements include: 

  • an artist statement and bio (max 250 words); 
  • a project proposal (max 250 words); 
  • a current Curriculum Vitae or resume; 
  • up to 10 images of recent artwork 
  • an Image List including title, size, website and social media links, &/or 
  • media uploads or links to film/video or audio

Tips for Successful Proposal

In your project proposal, please include a description of your socially-engaged practice and describe how you will be engaging with the Port Hope community to meet our Program Goals. 

Successful proposals will:

  • consider Port Hope
  • address our Program Goals
  • show us how you will interact with the Port Hope community
  • consider place, location, or site-specific elements or studies
  • outline how you'll meet the artist expectations
  • promote an appreciation of contemporary art practices
  • surprise us!

Please note: Exact logistics are not needed for a successful proposal. Once the residency is awarded, arrangements will be made with the Program Director 

(e.g., venues for working with seniors can be arranged later). 

If more information about potential community resources, facilities, and public spaces is needed while crafting your project proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact us.  We look forward to reviewing all submissions.

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