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

The Importance of Being Earnest

Thu 26 Jul 2018
19:00-21:00
Join The Pantaloons for a rib-tickling production of this much-loved comedy classic.

Bushcraft Day

Wed 01 Aug 2018
10:00-11:00
Give your young explorers the amazing opportunity to find out some of the incredible things they can do with the natural materials all around them.

Sense and Sensibility

Wed 08 Aug 2018
19:00-21:00
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society.

Explorers' Tales

Fri 10 Aug 2018
11:00-11:30
Let your little explorers' imagination embark on a journey with our sea-faring storyteller.

Teen Bushcraft

Wed 15 Aug 2018
10:00-15:00
Sign up to an hour session with Wildlife Survival School for the opportunity to get your hands dirty and put some new bushcraft skills into practice.

Peter Pan

Wed 22 Aug 2018
16:00-18:00
Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date.