Melanie O’Brian is Curator & Head of Programs at The Power Plant. From 2004-2010 she was Director/Curator of Artspeak in Vancouver, one of Canada ’s leading artist-run centres. Prior to that, from 2001-2004, O’Brian was Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery and was a lecturer at Emily Carr University. At Artspeak, she led all programming, including exhibitions of contemporary art by Canadian and international artists, publications, and events. One such program, OFFSITE, took artist projects outside the space of the gallery to the streets and other alternative sites in Vancouver and beyond. Representing the institution at events such as the NY Art Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair, she worked to build a strong international presence for Artspeak. Under her leadership, the organization was invited to participate in several international projects such as No Soul for Sale at the Tate Modern. She is the editor of numerous publications including Vancouver Art & Economies (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press/Artspeak, 2007) and Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism (Vancouver: Fillip/Artspeak, 2010). Beyond the numerous art projects and publications she developed for Artspeak, O’Brian has pursued many independent curatorial and writing projects and has written for magazines such as C, Fillip, X-Tra, and Yishu.