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

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

Fungi Foray

Wed 27 Sep 2017
14:00-15:00
Head into the woodland heart of the estate with a Ranger guide, discovering the fungi that lives and thrives there.

Beginner's Photography Walk

Thu 12 Oct 2017
11:00-12:30
Join a volunteer expert guide and walk in the footsteps of famous 60's photographer, Patrick Lichfield.

Bushcraft Day

Sat 14 Oct 2017
10:00-15:30
Learn how to use natural materials and wilderness skills to survive off the land in the beautiful woodlands of Shugborough Estate.

October Half-term

Sat 21 Oct 2017
10:30-16:30
Bring the whole family to celebrate the harvest this half-term. Explore the estate on our pumpkin trails and sample a seasonal recipe in one of our tea-rooms.

Shugborough at Christmas

Sat 02 Dec 2017
11:00-15:00
Come and enjoy Shugborough at this special time of year, showing off its seasonal best inside and out, with spirit-lifting treats in the tea-room.