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July 11, 2006

Media Release

Helena Reckitt appointed Senior Curator – Programmes

Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant, is pleased to announce the appointment of Helena Reckitt in the newly created role of Senior Curator - Programmes. She is expected to take up her position in early August.

The establishment of the position and the appointment follows the completion of a strategic review and the adoption of a new strategic plan at the gallery.

Helena Reckitt was born in London, UK, and studied English Literature at Oxford University. Most recently she has been Senior Director of Exhibitions and Education at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA. In the 1990s she was Head of Talks at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, where she organized a programme of broad-ranging cultural debate. Reckitt also has a strong publishing background and was editor of "Art and Feminism" (Phaidon Press, 2001).

"We are delighted that we have been able to appoint someone of the calibre of Helena to the position ", says Director of The Power Plant, Gregory Burke.

“She has high level international experience in art and audience development, both core goal areas in our new strategic plan. The position is responsible for implementing programmes in both areas and Helena will therefore play a key role in a new era of development at Canada's leading contemporary art gallery".

Ms Reckitt is also excited to be joining The Power Plant at this time. "The gallery has a considerable international reputation as a progressive North American contemporary art centre. The position's focus fits neatly with my interests and experience while allowing much room for personal growth in meeting an ambitious development plan", said Ms Reckitt.

Reckitt started her career in publishing, establishing the first ever Performance Studies publishing programme while an editor at Routledge in the late 1980's. Exhibitions she curated while at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center included "What Business Are You In?," on corporate and academic culture and "Found Wanting," on the aesthetics of the in-between. She was the co-editor, with Josh Oppenheimer, of "Acting on AIDS: Sex, drugs and politics" (Serpent's Tail, London, 1998). Reckitt's articles and reviews have appeared in "Art Papers," "Art Asia Pacific," "C" magazine, "The Guardian," and "n.paradoxa." She has taught contemporary art history at Emory University and the Atlanta College of Art.

Helena Reckitt was selected from a very high-calibre field of candidates for the position.


Media Contacts:
Bruce Hutchinson, Director, Marketing & Media Relations at Harbourfront Centre

Gregory Burke, Director, The Power Plant
416 973-4924,

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