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Power Ball XX: Carousal celebrates its 20th anniversary this May! 

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Power Ball: Carousal 2018

On May 31, 2018, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery invites guests to celebrate Power Ball’s twenty-year standing as the art world’s unofficial adult funland. In partnership with Max Mara, Canada’s leading contemporary art institution today announced the theme for this year’s notorious art bash. Power Ball XX: Carousal will see The Power Plant transformed into a carnivalesque mashup of art, food, waggishness and tomfoolery. Tickets are on sale now at

Under the big top of The Power Plant, artists will reimagine the space into a carnival that arouses all senses, enticing party-goers to revel and binge in Power Ball’s decades’ old tradition of naughtiness, titillating discoveries and mischievous provocation – a perfect storm for the gala’s big, bacchanalian birthday bash. A chic and curious evening blended with a contemporary flare that only The Power Plant could perfect, Power Ball XX is sure to surprise and delight attendees with lascivious, extravagant, and provoking installations.

“Our 20th Power Ball is a coming of age for both the event and our gallery, and with the fittingly mature theme of Carousal, it’s a milestone birthday that we’re excited to celebrate,” says Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant. “The past two decades of support that we’ve received through Power Ball have allowed for contemporary art to thrive in Canada, and we’re extremely proud to be a key player in this cultural achievement. We look forward to showcasing the very best in contemporary art for many more years to come.”

The 2018 edition also marks The Power Plant’s fourth year of partnership with iconic fashion label Max Mara, who will showcase an exclusive art installation at this year’s event. Max Mara have proven to be a supportive ally to the contemporary arts through many partnerships worldwide. Internationally, the fashion brand powerhouse has collaborated to support Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Prize for Women, Women in Film’s Max Mara Face of the Future Award, the DeYoung Museum, along with multiple partnerships with the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a committed partnership with National YoungArts Foundation. Max Mara has also given invaluable opportunities to burgeoning artists including Liu Wei, Santell Martin, and Maya Hayuk.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. The gallery has continually proven to be a global mainstay in the world of contemporary art, and has championed many Canadian artists early in their career. Artists such as Janet Cardiff, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, General Idea, Ken Lum, Liz Magor, Annie Pootoogook, and many more were given opportunities to exhibit at the Power Plant and solidify their positions as significant Canadian artists, before becoming the revered international figures they are today. While Power Ball is just one night of the year, it has allowed for The Power Plant’s work to be possible for decades.

In addition to Power Ball’s theme reveal, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery announced Nancy McCain as Honourary Chair and Abby Minuk, Gareth Brown-Jowett, and Jen Grant as co-chairs for Power Ball XX. The highly influential and experienced quartet will play an important role in raising vital funds for Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art.

Confirmed artists, entertainment and additional details for the notoriously innovative Power Ball XX: Carousal will continue to be announced.



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