Julia Peyton-Jones

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Dame Julia Peyton-Jones DBE (born 18 February 1952[1]) is currently the Co-Director of the Serpentine Gallery. She lives and works in London.[2]

Early life[edit]

Peyton-Jones studied painting at the Royal College of Art between 1975–78,[3] but did not continue a career as a professional artist. Two of her works still hang in the Bank of England.[4] After her education, she was briefly an art lecturer at the Edinburgh College of Art.[4]


In 1988 she became a curator at the Hayward Gallery.[5]

Serpentine Galleries[edit]

In 1991, Peyton-Jones became the director of the Serpentine Galleries. In 1998, she oversaw a major refurbishment of the gallery .[6] In 2000 she inaugurated the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, a project that invites an architect who has previously never been commissioned to work in the United Kingdom to create a temporary structure at the Gallery.[6] The first pavilion was designed by Dame Zaha Hadid.[7] Subsequent pavilions have been designed by Ai Weiwei, Jean Nouvel, and Oscar Niemeyer.[7]

In 2013 she oversaw the expansion of the Serpentine into a second building, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.[8] The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is located in a Grade-II listed building, which was originally used for gunpowder storage, and has an extension by the architect Zaha Hadid.[8] In October 2015, Peyton-Jones announced her departure from her role at the Serpentine Galleries in summer 2016. .[9]


Peyton-Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2003 Birthday Honours for services to art[10] and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to the arts.[11]


  1. ^ Christopher Frayling (ed.) Art and design: 100 years at the Royal College of Art Richard Dennis Publications, 2006.
  2. ^ Duerden, Chris. "How we met: Julia Peyton-Jones and Zaha Hadid", The Independent, Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3. ^ Frayling, Christopher (ed.) "Art and design: 100 years at the Royal College of Art", Richard Dennis Publications, 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Julia Peyton-Jones: I feel impoverished. We are adrift from nature", The Independent, Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  5. ^ Spence, Rachel. "Interview: Julia Peyton-Jones", The Financial Times, Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Julia Peyton-Jones", Royal Society of the Arts, Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Serpentine Pavilion to be 'space pod'", BBC.co.uk; retrieved 12 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b Stathaki, Ellie. "The Serpentine Sackler Gallery launches with a new extension by Zaha Hadid", Wallpaper Magazine; retrieved 12 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Serpentine co-director Julia Peyton-Jones to step down after 25 years", ‘’The Guardian; retrieved 2 November 2015.
  10. ^ Cork, Richard."Pavilion in the Park", The New Statesman; retrieved 12 May 2014.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61608. p. B8. 11 June 2016.