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New Zealander Gregory Burke Appointed Director of The Power Plant Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, June 15, 2005 -- William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre and Evan Siddall, President of the Board of Directors of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, are pleased to announce the appointment of Gregory Burke to the position of Director, The Power Plant Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre. Mr. Burke is scheduled to begin his new position as Director of Canada’s leading non-collecting contemporary art gallery on August 29, 2005.

A native New Zealander, Gregory Burke is currently Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, a contemporary art gallery presenting international exhibitions with a focus on countries of the Pacific Rim. The gallery is also home to the Len Lye foundation and collection; Len Lye is a New Zealand artist recognized for his pioneering experimental films and for his kinetic sculpture, who spent much of his life in London, England before moving to New York where he died in 1980.

“Gregory Burke is an excellent fit for Director of The Power Plant,” commented Evan Siddall. “He has an extensive record as a curator, writer and editor in addition to his arts management experience, and has an exciting vision for the future of The Power Plant.”

“I am very pleased that Gregory Burke has accepted the Director’s position at Harbourfront Centre’s The Power Plant,” said William Boyle. “He brings with him 20 years experience in arts management, strategic and business planning and an international profile and cultural sensibility that will translate well to Canada.”

Gregory Burke was selected as curator for New Zealand’s first national presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and is the New Zealand Commissioner for the 2005 New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He is editor of the contemporary art magazine VISIT and spent three years as Manager, Arts Development / Arts Advisor to the Arts Council of New Zealand with responsibility for visual arts, crafts, design arts, film and new media.

Mr. Burke was selected from a very high-calibre field of candidates for the position.


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