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Ballast Seed Garden: The Emerald Isle (Ahaa!) with Michael Loader

Date 18.08.16

Time 2.30pm – 4pm

Location Garden (via Boat from Arnolfini)

Synopsis

Join Michael Loader of Somerset Storyfest for a watery adventure on board the Ballast Seed Garden.

Details

Journey across the salty seaways of Bristol and beyond (in your imagination) with Captain Longlegs (who is losing his memory!) to the long lost Emerald Isle (might be dangerous!). Listen to a maritime mystery or two from the jabber of the Captain before reaching the island where clues, lost treasure and plants with miraculous properties will come together to create our very own tale of daring-doo and help Old Longlegs remember his past!

Meet at Arnolfini Box Office

Bookings:

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 arnolfini.org.uk. 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.