Sited in the magnificent and historic All Hallows by the Tower – the mariners’ church and the oldest in the City of London – Adrift comprises a twelve-foot boat, festooned with ornamental flowers and trinkets, remembering those who have lost their lives on the river and at sea.

Designed so that you, the traveller, may experience an imaginary voyage, the piece explores the spiritual and metaphysical symbolism of the ship, sea travel and the final funerary journey over the River Styx with a coin placed in the mouth or pennies covering the eyes to pay the ferryman.

Hew Locke In Conversation

Join Hew Locke in conversation as he talks about Adrift. Introduced by the Reverand Bertrand Olivier.

Thursday 12 September, 7pm
All Hallows by the Tower church, Byward Street, EC3
FREE Donations are encouraged

About the Artist

Hew Locke is a British-Guyanese artist based in London. Recurrent themes and imagery in his work include visual expressions of power, trophies, globalisation, movement of peoples and ships. He uses a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, relief, fabric and sculpture, making extensive use of found objects and collage. His work features in The Government Art Collection and The Tate Gallery collection.

All Hallows by the Tower – the mariners’ church

The oldest church in the City of London, All Hallows is awash with maritime references including the Book of Remembrance for those lost at sea and a ship’s bell rung for the dead. It is located adjacent to Trinity House and the Tower of London and lies in sight of the river. Knowledge of the different church bells along the banks of the Thames helped mariners navigate the river in thick fog.


All Hallows by the Tower, Byward Street