Poet & Painter – Helen Jagger & Michael Moss – Salar Gallery


Salar Gallery Art Exhibition

Helen Jagger reads from Poet & Painter, a limited and signed edition book of work by Michael Moss and Helen Jagger; a two-way conversation over three years between his paintings and her poems.  “Anyone who turns the pages of this art book with poems, or poetry book with art, will grasp the richness of Cornish wildlife and of Cornish art.” (Terence Dooley, Write Outloud).

Michael Moss

Michael was born in Preston in 1948. In his early twenties he emigrated to Australia and later travelled to New Zealand where he held his first exhibition. He returned to the UK to attend the Preston and Plymouth Colleges of Art before settling in Cornwall.

In 1984 Michael won the Western Morning News Open Art Competition and in 1991 he was a prize-winner in the Ecco-Goodhousekeeping Open Exhibition. He has exhibited in all 3 South West Opens. In 1996 he won prizes in the Mixed Media and drawing categories of the Society of Artists fro Cornwall competition and in 1997 he was prize-winner in the 1997 Sterts Open Competition. In 1998 he was a double prize-winner in the water-colour and drawing sections in the Society of Artists in Cornwall. In 2006 he won the water-colour prize at Stuart House.

Helen Jagger

Helen Jagger has lived and worked in north Cornwall since 1989. She founded the Indian King Arts Centre with husband Haydn Wood, in 1994, which became the third biggest provider of creative writing courses in the UK, and ran it until 2004.

She facilitates the weekly Indian King Poets writing group, and the Poetry Society’s north Cornwall Poetry Stanza. Her work appears in magazines in the UK, the US and Australia, and has been exhibited at galleries including the Tate St Ives; Porthmeor Studios; the Burton, Bideford; Terre Verte, Altarnun; the Camelford Gallery, and Sterts; in 2015 BBC’s Countryfile featured her work. Over the last 10 years she has worked with other artists on two landscape projects in Cornwall: The Great Trees of Cornwall (for the Poetry Society’s Centenary), and Earth, Wind and Stone.