She was previously director of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.
In March 2015, it was announced that she would leave London's Tate Britain after five years in charge.
- "Penelope Curtis: Matriarch of the museum". The Independent. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (31 March 2015). "Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis to step down after five years in charge". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2015.