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

Thu 17 Jan 2019
10:00-15:00
Grab a workout walk map and give our 12 fitness stops a go to get a head start in burning off those 'brussels!

Naked Tree Walk

Thu 24 Jan 2019
14:00-15:30
Join a Ranger guide for a Naked Tree walk around our spectacular parkland and discover the beauty of our native trees in their bare winter glory.

Get to know a tree

Fri 01 Feb 2019
11:00-15:30
Throughout February budding Rangers can meet the different types of trees that live at Shugborough on our woodland trail, or join in with one of the additional activities taking place during half term (16th-24th).

Bugborough Family Muck-In Day

Tue 19 Feb 2019
10:00-14:00
Budding Rangers can get their hands dirty helping us to build the best bug 'borough' ever at Shugborough.

Little Landscapers' Trail

Fri 01 Mar 2019
11:00-15:00
Budding landscapers and artists can make their mark throughout this spring trail to celebrate the creativity that went into designing Shugborough Estate.

Beginners Plein-air Workshop

Wed 03 Apr 2019
10:00-16:00
Do you fancy developing your painting skills to include working outdoors in Shugborough’s inspirational landscape?