In nature nothing exists alone: INSTAR

Artist duo INSTAR, commissioned to undertake River Walk project at Wallington

As part of the National Trust's programme of Contemporary Art, now in its eleventh year, Wallington welcomes artists INSTAR who will be creating a sculptural work to be located on the River Walk, after successfully winning the commission.

The piece is to be developed in response to the surrounding habitat, the resident wildlife and the threats and challenges faced by the natural world. Over the next 12 months the work will be developed through ongoing workshops with staff and volunteers, visitors and the local school; Cambo First School. The final artwork will be unveiled in March 2021 and will be in situ for two years; it’s going to be an engaging addition to the River Walk. At this stage, we don’t know what it’ll be or what it’ll look like and that is incredibly exciting. It’ll grow from the interactions and conversations that take place as the project progresses.

Workshops will continue in Autumn. Look out for opportunities to be involved.

The River walk at Wallington
The River walk at Wallington
The River walk at Wallington
This project is part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts which is supported by partnerships with Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales.

Introducing INSTAR

INSTAR are a duo of artists, Trish Evans and Nick Humphreys.

INSTAR’s work creates deeper connections to the natural world through contemporary art, with a portfolio of work ranging from site-specific installations to exhibitions, delivering bespoke curated projects.

Lifelong naturalists with backgrounds stemming from street art, music and visual art, INSTAR’s artistic process and practice is inspired by a wide range of influencing components, such as wild spaces, conservation, ecosystems, collections and infrastructure, but importantly they are always inspired by people and their relationship to nature.  Often their work involves the co-production of ideas with wider collaborators and groups, harnessing their passion for the natural world and creatively inspiring new opportunities and responses.

INSTAR’s previous work

Previous projects and commissions include:

  • Skate of Nature installation, for Nottingham City (2020);

  • LoudsPEAKer and Be Kinder commission for National Trust People’s Landscapes (2019);

  • INSECTS sculptures for National Forest Timber Festival (2019);

  • Back to Life project lab for Nottingham Natural History Museum and Galleries (2018);

  • GRID public art for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (2017);

  • BAT temporary exhibition (2013)

Accompanying their artistic practice, for 5 years Trish has worked as the Head of People and Nature at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Nick has been a licenced BTO bird ringer.  INSTAR are based in Nottingham, UK.

Read more about INSTAR on their website

Keep an eye out for regular updates as the project develops on the Wallington website, our social media channels and those of INSTAR too.