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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 19th Nov 2012
Rachel Johnson is a journalist, columnist and novelist. She is former editor of The Lady - Britain's oldest women's weekly magazine, which has been in continuous circulation since 1885 - and the author of Notting Hell, Shire Hell and Winter Games. In 1989 she joined the staff of the Financial Times, becoming the first female graduate trainee at the paper, where she wrote on the economy. She moved to the BBC in 1994, but left to move to Washington DC as a columnist and freelancer in 1997. She has written weekly columns for the Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and other regular columns for Easy Living, She Magazine, and the Financial Times. She is married with three children and lives in London.
Julia Peyton-Jones, became the director of the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1991. She 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.
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).