The ‘old-style seated dinner’ at the annual Stirling Prize shindig has bitten the dust
First the RIBA lost televised coverage for its showpiece event (AJ 06.07.2012); now it has ditched the idea of the guests sitting down to enjoy a nice meal while they celebrate the biggest awards in UK architecture.
Instead, the 350 partygoers will be treated to a ‘fully catered reception’ at the bash inside Stanton Williams’ Granary Building at Central St Martins on Thursday 26 September. The institute claims ‘no one [will be] going to go hungry’ and that there will be an ‘extensive choice of bowl food and drinks on offer for guests’. The ‘exciting new format’ will also see the goings-on televised on a large screen outside the main theatre in ‘The Street’, an internal section of the building, allowing an additional 450 guests to join in the fun.
However, the move seems to have come as a bit of a surprise to members of the RIBA’s own council. Ex-president and current council member Owen Luder said that he knew nothing of the switch: ‘This is another example of the elected council being excluded from the decision-making process. It is also clearly a decision to save money – cost factors should not determine important policy decisions such as this. The RIBA instead of dumbing down the event should be doing all it can to keep the Stirling Prize at the top of the agenda – not allowing it to slide to the bottom.’
Interestingly tickets will actually be cheaper for the 2013 award event compared to the £260 guests had to shell out last year. A pass to the main auditorium will costs £216 and £144 for the ‘street experience’.
Platform Theatre tickets @ £180 + VAT
Street Experience tickets @ £120 + VAT