Julia Peyton-Jones has been Director of London’s Serpentine Galleries since 1991. She studied painting at London’s Royal College of Art (RCA), and has practised as an artist, lectured in fine art at Edinburgh College of Art and curated at the Hayward Gallery. Julia commissions the Serpentine Gallery’s groundbreaking exhibitions, as well as its education and public programs, plus its annual architecture commission: the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which she conceived in 2000. She directed the Serpentine’s 1998 renovation, which saw annual visitor numbers increase threefold, and the 2013 establishment of the Zaha Hadid-designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery, which showcases emerging artists across all disciplines. Julia is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). She is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art and Professor at the University of the Arts, London.