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TORONTO, November 23, 2005The Power Plant announces the upcoming departure of its Curator Reid Shier, who leaves The Power Plant 1 April 2006 to take up a position as Director/Curator of Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Presentation House Gallery is the largest public gallery in western Canada devoted to photography and media art. Reid Shier takes over from outgoing Director/Curator Bill Jeffries. Shier also assumes the task of developing and overseeing the Presentation House Gallery’s move into a new facility in the near future.

Reid Shier leaves behind his position as Curator of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, where he developed the recent exhibitions Dedicated to you, but you weren’t listening, Geoffrey Farmer A Pale Fire and Joelle Tuerlinckx NO‘W’ (no Rest. No Room. No Things. No Title), as well as Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s forthcoming exhibition The Welfare Show.

Shier comments, “While my time at The Power Plant has been regrettably short, it has been enormously fruitful. My decision to take up the position as Director/Curator of Presentation House was a difficult one, and I leave The Power Plant confident in its direction and with full support for the new Director Gregory Burke, whose clear vision bodes well for The Power Plant’s future.”

Director Gregory Burke said that Reid Shier had achieved a great deal in his time at The Power Plant. Director Gregory Burke acknowledges Shier’s curatorial contributions to the gallery stating, “His appointment to Presentation House Gallery is recognition of his growing international reputation as a contemporary art professional. We wish Reid and his family all the best for the future.”

The Power Plant will soon begin recruitment for a number of curatorial and other positions.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com

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