Ballast Seed Boat Tour with Dr Andy Radford

Date 06.07.16

Time 6.45 - 8.15pm

Location Garden (via Boat from Arnolfini)


Join Dr Andy Radford, Reader in Behavioural Ecology, University of Bristol for a tour of the Floating Garden.


Ever wondered what impact water traffic in the Floating Harbour has on it’s aquatic residents?  Scientists and policy makers are becoming increasingly aware of how human activities such as fishing, pollution and global warming are damaging the aquatic environment but are only just beginning to understand the extent to which noise pollution might also affect aquatic animals.  Dr Andy Radford will speak about his ongoing research into the negative effects of noise on communication, auditory damage and stress as well as foraging, social interaction and reproduction in marine and fresh-water fish.

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.