MoonInk: International Mailart Exhibition

The Mailart displayed in this exhibition has been collected by Lee Jackson, a local poet, over the last decade.

Lee’s own Mailart contributions are sent in the form of Tanka poetry booklets. The poems are a contemporary take on the ancient art of Waka poetry writing and are visual sketches about his travels, and the people and wildlife who inhabit the Adur & Worthing district.

What is Mailart?

Mailart began in the 1960s when artists started to send postcards inscribed with poems or drawings through the post rather than exhibiting or selling them through conventional commercial channels.

Media commonly used in Mailart include postcards, paper, a collage of found or recycled images and objects, rubber stamps, and paint, but can also include music, sound art, poetry, or anything that can be put into an envelope and sent in the post. Mailart is considered art as soon as it has been sent.

The best way to join in with the Mailart movement is to visit this website.

About MoonInk

The mission at MoonInk is to bring poetry to life by taking the verse out of the book and into the world.

Free Tanka Poetry Workshop material is available for community groups and schools, contact us at for more information.

The poems are available printed onto products with t-shirts, tea towels, mugs, aprons, cushions and cards available at and at the Pier Road Coffee & Art Gallery in Littlehampton.

Visit the exhibition, 33 Tanka Sketches of Adur & Worthing, in the West Buildings Shelter on Worthing seafront to see some of the poems that have been sent by Lee Jackson as part of his Mailart project over the last 10 years. Until 4 October 2021.

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Tuesday – Saturday // 10.00 – 17.00 (Closed Monday & Sunday)


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