Dame Julia Peyton-Jones becomes mother for first time, aged 64

Former gallery boss Dame Julia Peyton-Jones has become a mother for the first time at age 64.

Wednesday, 18th January 2017, 12:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th January 2017, 12:02 pm
Julia Peyton-Jones has had her first child. Picture; Getty


The former Serpentine Galleries co-director has welcomed a baby girl named Pia since stepping down from the role in July last year.

Dame Julia told friends she had been thinking about starting a family for some time and was “delighted” by her daughter’s birth, the Evening Standard reported.

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ulia Peyton Jones has had her first child, Picture; Getty

Her friend, American financier Robin Saunders, told the publication: “Julia will be a wonderful mother and role model for her daughter.”

The former practising artist and lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art enjoyed a 25-year tenure at the Serpentine Gallery and is credited with commissioning and showcasing “groundbreaking” exhibitions and initiatives.

During that time, she worked alongside Hans Ulrich Obrist as co-director of exhibitions and programmes and served as director of international projects.

She was awarded her damehood for services to the arts in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

ulia Peyton Jones has had her first child, Picture; Getty