Cultivate Art

Cultivate has partnered with Critical Mass, Port Hope’s contemporary arts organization, to ensure a very cool collection of family-friendly artist-led workshops and interactive art installations led by some of Canada’s most interesting artists. Come create with us.

Critical Mass

Cultivate Art Partner

Critical Mass is proud to be Cultivate Festival’s art partner this year! We will host some artist-led printmaking workshops for Cultivate Kids, and festival-goers can participate in a large scale community engaged art mural during the weekend, facilitated by graffiti artist – Mique Michelle!

Mique Michelle

Cultivate Art Partner

About the artist:

A Franco-Ontarian from Field, Mique’s nomadic journeys allowed her to exercise her graffiti from northern Ontario to France, Mexico and the U.S.A. Through her travels, she has evolved as a mixed media artist and an active facilitator of the arts in Ontario. Her work can be seen in galleries, on public buildings and on outdoor venues. Mique remains a strong advocate for abolishing negative perceptions of graffiti.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

2:15pm to 3:45pm

CHICK’N FISH PUPPET SCHOOL w/ artist Kelly Kirkham

About the artist:
Kelly Kirkham is a visual artist and puppet maker originally from Chatham, Ontario who has lived in the small town of Port Hope, Ontario since 2013. Drawing and painting are her first loves, and continue to inform the majority of her pieces, whether in two or three dimensions.
Although in the past she has kept her worlds of art making and puppet building separated, Kelly has recently folded her puppet work within her art practice, and is excited by the possibilities that have presented themselves. By painting and drawing on the cloth, accompanied by the addition of beading and embroidery, her puppets take on new depth and resonance.
Kelly attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, graduating from the Drawing & Painting program after spending her final year in Florence, Italy.  In addition to a steady art practice involving drawing, painting, collage and assemblage work, she has built puppets for and performed with the puppet company Unraku in Toronto and has led puppeteering and puppet building workshops in both Toronto, Ontario and Bridgetown, Barbados.
Kelly is delightedly influenced by the puppets of Paul Klee, Nick Cave’s Soundsuits, and Janieta Eyre’s Lady Lazarus series, among many others.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

1:30 to 3:00pm

PRINTING WITH FOOD w/ artist Jeffrey Macklin

About the artist:
Jeffrey is a Peterborough, Ontario based artist, working primarily with relief printing (letterpress) and mixed media. He often employs words as visual triggers, as well as present-day/historical pop-culture icons and figures in both his print work and his mixed media pieces.

Mini Mega Print Project

Cultivate Art Partner

On September 23 & 24, Critical Mass is hosting its mini MEGA Print Project: Steamroller Printmaking Extravaganza! This 2-day public printmaking event will take place in Rotary Park (across the street from Cultivate) and features the printing of humungous (4’x8’) relief prints by featured contemporary artists with an 8 ton Steamroller right on Queen Street! Plus, families can enjoy some free hands-on printmaking; activities, demonstrations, mini and MEGA print exhibits, live street art, artist vendors, and more. Admission is free. We’re looking forward to a terrific weekend of good food, drink, music and art with our friends at Cultivate! For more information, visit criticalmassart.com.

Critical Mass

Cultivate Art Partner

Critical Mass is proud to be Cultivate Festival’s art partner this year! We will host some artist-led printmaking workshops for Cultivate Kids, and festival-goers can participate in a large scale community engaged art mural during the weekend, facilitated by graffiti artist – Mique Michelle!

Mique Michelle

Cultivate Art Partner

About the artist:

A Franco-Ontarian from Field, Mique’s nomadic journeys allowed her to exercise her graffiti from northern Ontario to France, Mexico and the U.S.A. Through her travels, she has evolved as a mixed media artist and an active facilitator of the arts in Ontario. Her work can be seen in galleries, on public buildings and on outdoor venues. Mique remains a strong advocate for abolishing negative perceptions of graffiti.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

2:15pm to 3:45pm

CHICK’N FISH PUPPET SCHOOL w/ artist Kelly Kirkham

About the artist:
Kelly Kirkham is a visual artist and puppet maker originally from Chatham, Ontario who has lived in the small town of Port Hope, Ontario since 2013. Drawing and painting are her first loves, and continue to inform the majority of her pieces, whether in two or three dimensions.
Although in the past she has kept her worlds of art making and puppet building separated, Kelly has recently folded her puppet work within her art practice, and is excited by the possibilities that have presented themselves. By painting and drawing on the cloth, accompanied by the addition of beading and embroidery, her puppets take on new depth and resonance.
Kelly attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, graduating from the Drawing & Painting program after spending her final year in Florence, Italy.  In addition to a steady art practice involving drawing, painting, collage and assemblage work, she has built puppets for and performed with the puppet company Unraku in Toronto and has led puppeteering and puppet building workshops in both Toronto, Ontario and Bridgetown, Barbados.
Kelly is delightedly influenced by the puppets of Paul Klee, Nick Cave’s Soundsuits, and Janieta Eyre’s Lady Lazarus series, among many others.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

1:30 to 3:00pm

PRINTING WITH FOOD w/ artist Jeffrey Macklin

About the artist:
Jeffrey is a Peterborough, Ontario based artist, working primarily with relief printing (letterpress) and mixed media. He often employs words as visual triggers, as well as present-day/historical pop-culture icons and figures in both his print work and his mixed media pieces.

Mini Mega Print Project

Cultivate Art Partner

On September 23 & 24, Critical Mass is hosting its mini MEGA Print Project: Steamroller Printmaking Extravaganza! This 2-day public printmaking event will take place in Rotary Park (across the street from Cultivate) and features the printing of humungous (4’x8’) relief prints by featured contemporary artists with an 8 ton Steamroller right on Queen Street! Plus, families can enjoy some free hands-on printmaking; activities, demonstrations, mini and MEGA print exhibits, live street art, artist vendors, and more. Admission is free. We’re looking forward to a terrific weekend of good food, drink, music and art with our friends at Cultivate! For more information, visit criticalmassart.com.

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