Mayor John Biggs Opens St Katharine’s Precinct

Written by Andrea Gibbons on 17th November 2015. Posted in: Arts Space, Precinct, Wellbeing Hub, Yurt Cafe

Our event on Friday brought together old friends and new to celebrate a new opening to the community through the collection of yurts and containers that have just opened to form St Katharine’s Precinct. We welcomed people to wander the space and explore, and invite you to do the same through the wonderful pictures of photographer Daniel Leal-Olivas (unless otherwise attributed):

St Katharine’s Precinct

(c) Matthew Lloyd Architects

Food, drinks and speeches were served up in the Yurt Cafe, followed by a ribbon cutting by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs:

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

Master Mark Aitken, court member John Tattersall and Mayor John Biggs

Mark Aitken, Master of The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine welcomed everyone to return after a short history of the Foundation and the project:

“Today was an inspirational day in the long history of St Katharine’s as the Mayor officially opened our new Precinct in the presence of so many representatives from the local community. We are open so do come and visit this exciting project.”

Mayor John Biggs Speech - St Katharine’s Precinct

(c) Matthew Lloyd Architects

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The goal for the Precinct? To build connections with and between communities through reflection, conversation, art, community projects and food.

And what food there was:

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

There were also baked goods, sold daily in the cafe, with our staff and wonderful chef Sue in the background:

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

All of our spaces were open to experience and enjoy, here is a virtual tour:

Reflective Space

A place to take a moment or two of stillness in life to allow some of the everyday dust to settle, to let the whirlwind become still and to hear your own true voice deep inside you telling you what truly matters. A safe space in which to pause, to settle yourself and to reflect.
RFSK Trustee Geoffrey Richards in the Reflective Space

Reflective Space - Just Arrived

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Community and Wellbeing Hub

Wellbeing is many things; living to our full potential, enjoying a fullness of health, contributing to those around us. We hope to explore this further, as individuals and as a community, through projects, workspace residencies and a whole person health initiative.

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Arts Space

In partnership with Bow Arts, we are providing affordable space to artists while also generating income to support arts-led educational projects on site. We hope that creation, expression and inspiration come to infuse the whole of St. Katharine’s Precinct.

See the Art Space section of the St. Katharine’s Precinct website for more information about the space and resident artists.

From Marcel Baettig, founder and CEO of Bow Arts:

We were so thrilled to be asked to be part of this wonderful and inspiring project at St Katharine’s. For Bow Arts, the project is all about connecting with people and every day we get to work with inspiring young artists, amazing members of our community and talented young people in our schools. St Katharine’s have created a very special place, for all of these people.

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The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas

The Cinema:

A small outdoor amphitheatre will open to the public in Spring 2016 and will host a variety of films, performances and much more.

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine event. Pictures by Daniel Leal-Olivas