King Street Newsletter Spring 2021

Have you seen the stunning pieces of art that are already a hallmark of Space & Co? This unique venue is making a big splash as one of the most recent additions to the King St precinct. The large-scale murals perfectly express the values at the heart of Space & Co: creativity, excitement and a strong commitment to supporting local artists. The project was funded by the King St Community Grants Program and inspired by Space & Co General Manager, Hannah Sands. Her vision was to curate a safe, community-friendly space that would be a natural meeting place for creative-minded visitors. “We wanted to showcase Space & Co as a venue that incorporates art and creativity into everyday life,” Hannah said. “King St is a makers precinct so we see public art as a way to stimulate our customers and brighten up all our lives. “All seven murals are the work of different local artists who shared our creative energy and enthusiasm for this space. “This was a collaborative process which we curated to ensure these murals enhanced the cultural experience at Space & Co. These are celebrations of people – people eating, people dancing and people expressing themselves through beautiful colours and forms. “The results look amazing! Anyone who hasn’t visited us yet should definitely check them out soon.” You can visit Space & Co at 31 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills every Tuesday - Saturday from midday. More details, including the Japanese and Korean-influenced menu, are here: Space & Co murals showcase local artists Kids rock up for R U OK? Day The best of the King St community spirit was on show at our R U OK? Day event, reflecting the importance of mental health awareness following the struggles we have all encountered during COVID restrictions. Aurecon and WeWork offered conversation starters over morning tea while the yellow t-shirts of Aurecon Mental Health First Aiders were a prominent sight across the precinct. The youngest King St stakeholders had a big role to play with Fortitude Valley State Secondary College wellbeing leaders offering R U OK? Day Kit Kats to their fellow students. The children at Guardian Childcare and Education King Street joined the fun by decorating 30 kindness rocks and hiding them across the precinct. “Learning empathy is really important for our young children, as is understanding their own feelings and learning ways to express them,” Centre Manager, Michelle Schonberger said. “The children chose their own colours and talked about what to say on their rocks. They came up with positive words like ‘Smile’ and ‘Have a Happy Day’ which our team wrote out for them. “They loved finding places to hide them around the precinct, although some of the children were so pleased with their rocks they wanted to take them home afterwards!” Some kindness rocks are still waiting to be discovered so keep an eye out for them near the plants in Alexandria Park and close to the Moreton Bay Fig. Hiding kindness rocks within the King St precinct Geoff, an Aurecon Mental Health First Aider asking the question on R U OK? Day