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Ada’s Circle

A black and white photograph of artist Fani Parali face to face with her sculpture of a harpy eagle.

Fani Parali and Her Harpy, 2020 © Fani Parali.

Ada’s Circle Members:
Sarah Pickstone
Reine Okuliar
Marcelle Joseph
Eliza Bonham Carter

Ada’s Circle is a dedicated group of passionate patrons whose vital support champions and enables major commissions and exhibitions by female or female-identifying artists across both our galleries each year.

The first artist to be supported by Ada’s Circle is Fani Parali in Autumn 2020. Ada’s Circle have been an integral force behind the extraordinary production of Fani’s largest show to date, AONYX & DREPAN and THE MINDERS OF THE WARM; a monumental sculptural commission, new performance work and a major survey exhibition of Parali’s recent work.

The next artist supported by the Circle will be Candida Powell-Williams, with a major new body of work opening across both galleries in 2022.

The circle is named in honour of local Rotherhithe heroine Ada Salter; a passionate social reformer and environmentalist. As a founder of The Women’s Labour League and the first female mayor in London (Mayor of Bermondsey, appointed in 1922), Ada was a leader in social change, a trail-blazer who fought against the odds to end women’s suffrage.

Ada’s visionary legacy continues to inspire generations of women of all backgrounds and ages in Bermondsey and beyond to keep fighting for equality and environmental change. Ada is the namesake of our smallest gallery at Lake Gallery and our park’s beautiful rose garden. Ada designed the rose garden and much of Southwark Park in 1936; instigating radial horticultural design and democratising green space and beauty, to improve air quality (by planting Plane Trees to purify the air), improve mental health, encourage contemplation and bring beauty into stark contrast with the poverty and depression of the era.

Ada’s Circle Annual Membership comprises a donation to the charity of £1,000 (minimum). Every penny of your generous support goes directly into the production of the artist’s new body of work.

We exist to support artists of all ages and backgrounds to make their most ambitious work to date across both our distinctive venues. This successful and unique commissioning model ensures that the work we enable creates a bold step-change in the careers of our artists. Help us make this happen by joining Ada’s Circle today.

To join Ada’s Circle or find out other ways you can make a difference to the careers and lives of female artists from across the UK, please contact our Director Judith Carlton via admin@southwarkparkgalleries.org or call us on 0207 237 1230 to discuss your donation options.

Or, if you wish to make a donation of any size to Southwark Park Galleries please click here.

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