A Lost Paradise?

Ben Wigley combines photography with drawings and paintings

What represents Paradise to you? Where can you find it? How fragile is it?

A Lost Paradise?

‘A Lost Paradise?’ is a poetic, visual journey through Shugborough’s parkland, taking you back to the tumultuous night of the great flood of 1795 that destroyed Thomas Anson’s sublime vision of his perfect paradise.

Inspired by the Arcadian landscape conceived by Thomas Anson in the 18th century, once full of eclectic monuments and early Greek revival structures, ‘A Lost Paradise?’ aims to emotionally connect visitors with the story of their creation and then destruction by the great flood in 1795.

Ben Wigley

Ben Wigley is an artist and film-maker whose work explores the journeys people make in life. He is the founder of Artdocs, which spans platforms and audiences by exploring multi-layered, immersive journeys through experimental film, documentary, art and interpretation. 

Artist and filmmaker, Ben Wigley
Artist Ben Wigley taking photographs
Artist and filmmaker, Ben Wigley

At Shugborough his work will include sound, poetry and manipulated film triggered by the visitor when turning the crank of three purpose-made kinetoscopes which will be situated in the parkland for two years from July 2017. There will also be an exhibition in the Mansion house showing the making of the kinetoscopes and the film with a short documentary.

The project is a part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts inspired by the places we look after.

Upcoming events

Introduction to Watercolour

Wed 17 Jul 2019
10:00-12:00
Take inspiration from the stunning dahlia display in the Walled Garden or our historic livestock breeds while being introduced to the basics of watercolour painting.

50 Things: Bird Watching

Sat 20 Jul 2019
10:00-16:00
Grab a pair of binoculars and have a go at number 44 on your list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ .

Pathways to Paradise

Sat 20 Jul 2019
11:00-15:00
Discover the different pathways to paradise that criss-cross the estate.

Children's Wand Making Workshop

Tue 23 Jul 2019
10:00-11:00
Families can get hands on with traditional green woodworking techniques to make their very own magic wand to take home or use as a journey stick on our Pathways to Paradise trail.

Family Craft Tent

Tue 23 Jul 2019
12:00-15:00
Get stuck into a themed craft activity in our summer tent.

Family Storytime

Thu 25 Jul 2019
12:00-15:30
Join us in the summer tent for landscape inspired story time.