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

Green Fingers

Thu 22 Aug 2019
11:00-15:00
Budding green fingers can find a different drop-in activity each time they visit the Walled Garden.

Pathways to Paradise

Thu 22 Aug 2019
11:00-15:00
Discover the different pathways to paradise that criss-cross the estate.

Family Storytime

Thu 22 Aug 2019
12:00-15:30
Join us in the summer tent for landscape inspired story time.

Flower Arranging Workshop

Thu 22 Aug 2019
18:00-21:00
Create a beautiful floral arrangement using flowers from the estate.

'50 things': Fun with Sticks

Sat 24 Aug 2019
10:00-16:00
Get creative with number 12 of 50 things to do before you're 11¾.

Have-a-go archery

Sat 24 Aug 2019
11:00-15:00
Try your hand at archery with a qualified instructor in the historic grounds of Shugborough Estate.