Dr Talya Hackett, Food Webs at the Landscape Level

Date 07.09.16

Time 6.45 - 8.15pm

Location Garden (via Boat from Arnolfini)


Dr Talya Hackett, Food Webs at the Landscape Level leads a tour of the Ballast Seed Garden.


The transport of ballast across the oceans may not have only contributed to the migration of plants, through the seeds carried in the earth, but the seeds themselves may also have carried stowaway insects.  Dr Talya Hackett explores the complex interconnected relationships between plants, pollinators and pests all of which depend on each other at some level and can contribute to each other’s welfare in often unexpected ways.  Working across sites across the southwest of England and Wales she researches ecological networks between plants and their pollinators including leaf miners, seed feeders, caterpillars and the parasites they themselves carry.

Meet at Arnolfini Box Office


Boat tours are £8/£6 concessions and depart from Arnolfini, unless otherwise stated. Please book by calling Arnolfini box office on 0117 917 2300 or visit All tours will be accompanied by a volunteer from the University of Bristol Botanic Garden who will be able to interpret the plants and provide information on the Ballast Seed Garden.

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A Seeds of Change: Floating Ballast Seed Garden brochure is available from Arnolfini.

Seeds of Change: A Floating Ballast Seed Garden:

Located on Bristol’s historic harbour, just below Castle Park, the The Ballast Seed Garden was created by Maria Thereza Alves in June 2012. Constructed from a disused grain barge, the garden is populated with a variety of non-native plants, creating a living history of the city’s trade and maritime past.


Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.