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Nicholas Wray, Curator, University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Date 20.07.16

Time 6.45 - 8.15pm

Location Garden (via Boat from Arnolfini)

Synopsis

Join Nick Wray, Curator, University of Bristol Botanic Garden, for an in-depth look at the design and planting of the Ballast Seed Garden.

Details

Wray has been the curator of plants for the Ballast Seed Garden since its inception, interpreting the artist Maria Theresa Alvez’s vision on an annual basis. He will introduce us to new species specially selected to mark Bristol: City of Learning during 2016 as well as to revisit a few old favourites such as the squirting cucumber.

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.