Ballast Seed Boat Tour with Andrea Chung

Date 22.06.16

Time 6.45 - 8.15pm

Location Garden (via Boat from Arnolfini)


Join this special event for an opportunity to hear artist Andrea Chung discuss The Floating Ballast Seed Garden.


Andrea Chung is an artist based in the USA who explores the many ways that trade has impacted on the cultural development of island nations in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.  She is interested in labour and its complicated relationship with cultures that have developed from the descendants of people who were coerced into inhospitable colonial workforces. She makes work that incorporates materials that are either significant to those cultures and their labour, or that signify broader themes of labour and migration.

Andrea will speak about her work and her participation in Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica which is on view at the RWA, 25 June to 11 September.

Boat departs from 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.