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

Workout Walk

Sat 18 Jan 2020
10:00-16:00
Grab a workout walk map and give our 12 fitness stops a go to get a head start in burning off those 'brussels.

Wild Life

Sun 01 Mar 2020
10:00-16:00
See wildlife spring into action across the estate on our nature spotter trail.

The Big Tree Climb

Tue 07 Apr 2020
10:00-11:00
Get a bird's eye view of the estate with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company.

Creature Creations

Fri 10 Apr 2020
11:00-16:00
Design your own creepy crawlies in our craft tent. The most creative will feature in the May spring trail.

British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

Fri 01 May 2020
11:00-16:00
Featuring 2019 competition winners and commended entries, this exhibition celebrates the work of amateur and professional photographers, and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.