Julia Peyton-Jones, OBE, is Director of the Serpentine Gallery, and Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes. Julia studied painting at the Royal College of Art, London, and worked as a practising artist in London and a lecturer in fine art at Edinburgh College of Art. She moved to the Hayward Gallery in 1988 as Curator of Exhibitions. In 1991 she became Director of the Serpentine Gallery, where she has been responsible for both commissioning and showcasing the groundbreaking Exhibition, Education and Public Programmes as well as the annual architecture commission, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which she conceived in 2000. Under the patronage of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Serpentine completed a 4 million renovation in 1998. Since then visitor numbers have increased three-fold to approximately 800,000 per year. She serves on numerous committees and panels, including the Westminster Public Art Advisory Panel, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1997. In 2003 she was made both an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). She was invited to attend the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland in 2007 and 2008 and was made Professor, University of the Arts, London, and Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the same year.

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