September 12, 2017 – Toronto – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and Canada Council for the Arts invite media to attend the Moriyama RAIC International Prize Gala press conference on September 19 to meet the 2018 Venice Biennale in Architecture Canadian Presenter and the Moriyama RAIC International Prize Finalists.
The Canada Council for the Arts will announce the 2018 Venice Biennale in Architecture Canadian presenter. The presenter will be available for interviews.
Representatives of the four shortlisted projects for the $100,000 Moriyama RAIC International Prize will be available for interviews. The projects are:
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Media are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes early.
The Carlu, Clipper Rooms
444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor
Confirmation of your presence would be appreciated. Media contacts are below.
About the Royal Architectural Institute (RAIC)
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada. Representing about 5,000 members, the RAIC advocates for excellence, works to demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life and promotes responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society.
About the Moriyama RAIC International Prize
Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation created the Moriyama RAIC International Prize in 2014 to raise the international stature of the RAIC and the Canadian architectural profession, and to encourage Canadian architects to aspire to international excellence. The Moriyama RAIC International Prize is awarded every two years. It consists of a monetary award of CAD $100,000 and a sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew.
About Venice Biennale in Architecture
The Venice Biennale in Architecture is the most important and prestigious exhibition in contemporary architecture. Architects, artists, designers, planners, builders, politicians, students and cultural leaders from around the world are among the more than 300,000 visitors expected to attend the 2018 Biennale with the intention of discovering the cutting edge of architecture and architectural discourse. Doubling its previous investment and enhancing international exposure, the Canada Council will make a contribution of $500,000 towards the presenter’s exhibition.
About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. We champion and invest in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2016-17 we allocated $196.8 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through our grants, prizes and payments. We also conduct research, convene activities and work with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. We are responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.