New book announced!

Today we are very excited to announce the next book in the Modern Women Artists series will be...

EILEEN MAYO by Sara Cooper


The new book will be published by Eiderdown Books in February 2022 to coincide with a major exhibition of Mayo's work at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, curated by the author Sara Cooper.

Eileen Mayo (1906-1994) was born in Norwich, UK and had a long and successful career in a variety of artistic mediums, including illustration, printmaking and painting, as well as in mural, tapestry, stamp, coin and poster design.


Despite success in her lifetime, her name and achievements are all but forgotten in the UK today, although her work continues to be celebrated in Australia and New Zealand where she emigrated in 1952.


As well as establishing a successful artistic career in her own name, Eileen Mayo also worked for a time as an artists model, and her likeness was captured by some of the other leading artists of her day including Laura Knight and Dod Proctor.


This new book will introduce a new generation to this multi-talented artist whose artistic practice spanned a variety of mediums.


The first exhibition of her work in the UK, 'Eileen Mayo: A Natural History' will run at Towner Gallery, Eastbourne from 12 February to 3 July 2022 with free admission.


EILEEN MAYO by Sara Cooper, the eighth book in the Modern Women Artists series will be published by Eiderdown Books in February 2022 with pre-orders available from early January 2022.


Sara Cooper is Head of Collections and Exhibitions at Towner Eastbourne, where she is responsible for the exhibition programme and for the permanent collection, including overseeing acquisitions. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace (2021) and its forerunner, Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship (2017) (both created in collaboration with Andy Friend), as well as; David Nash: 200 Seasons (2019), Phoebe Unwin: Iris (2019), Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter (2014) and Harold Mockford: A Retrospective of a Sussex Painter (2012), for which she also produced and wrote for the accompanying book.