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

Have-a-go archery

Sat 26 May 2018
11:00-15:00
Try your hand at archery with a qualified instructor in the historic grounds of Shugborough Estate.

Behind 'A Lost Paradise?'

Tue 29 May 2018
11:30-12:30
Meet Ben Wigley, the film-maker artist behind our parkland kinetoscopes, at the monumental Tower of the Winds to preview the latest developments in his artistic interpretation of the great flood of 1795.

The Big Tree Climb

Fri 01 Jun 2018
10:00-15:45
Got a head for heights? Come tree climbing to tick off number 1 of the 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 ¾ and get a whole new perspective on nature.

Stone Carving at Shugborough

Mon 04 Jun 2018
09:30-16:00
Bring home your own piece of Shugborough inspired sculpture after learning basic stone carving techniques on this three-day course.

Beginner's Photography Walk

Thu 07 Jun 2018
11:00-12:30
Join a volunteer expert guide and walk in the footsteps of famous 60's photographer, Patrick Lichfield.

Nordic Walking Taster Session

Sat 16 Jun 2018
09:00-09:45
Join a qualified instructor for a free 45 minute taster session that will show you how Nordic Walking can be a great health boost for your body and your mind.