Julia Peyton-Jones studied painting at the Royal College of Art, London, and worked as a practicing 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 ground-breaking exhibition, education and public programs as well as the annual architecture commission, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which she conceived.
Under the patronage of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Serpentine completed a £4 million renovation in 1998. Since then, visitor numbers have increased almost three-fold to 750,000 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 British Empire (OBE). In 2007 she attended the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland.
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