LONDON — Julia Peyton-Jones has announced her decision to step down from her role as codirector of the Serpentine galleries after 25 years.
“I have relished the opportunity to work with a fascinating array of people across many disciplines and sectors of society, and have learned significantly as a result in ways that I could never have imagined when I started a quarter of a century ago,” she said through e-mail on Friday.
“It has been an extraordinary honor to have made a contribution to culture in London and internationally by working with visionaries in all fields and to have had the support of an inspired Board of Trustees,” she added.
Peyton-Jones has worked with codirector Hans Ulrich Obrist for the last 10 years, a partnership she described as “exceptional” and “inspirational.” A representative from the gallery said she will remain on the job until July next year, the commence an independent career in the art world. Obrist will remain as codirector and a new codirector to replace Peyton-Jones will be sought and announced.
During her time as codirector, Peyton-Jones has accomplished many lasting triumphs. She partnered with fashion brands including Saint Laurent, Topshop, French Connection and Christopher Kane on numerous events and initiatives; in 2000 Zaha Hadid was the first architect she commissioned for the now-annual Serpentine Pavilion commission, an initiative that sees an international architect without a presence in the U.K. invited to create a structure for the lawn of the gallery, which is celebrated with one of the biggest parties on the London summer calendar, usually cohosted by a designer or fashion brand; and in 2013 she orchestrated the opening of the Serpentine Sackler gallery, a former gunpowder deposit nearby, and commissioned Hadid to design the adjoining restaurant, Magazine.