Team

Amelie von Wedel — Founder & Owner

Before setting up Wedel Art Advisory in 2006, Amelie von Wedel worked for various high-profile art institutions and galleries. Amelie graduated with a double Masters in Art History and Economics from Edinburgh and Berlin Universities. As a curator, art consultant and gallerist, she organized the first UK exhibitions of Sam Gilliam and Theaster Gates, and many critically acclaimed group exhibitions including Dansaekhwa and Impulse: American Abstract Art in the 70s, as well as performance art commissions. Amelie has lectured extensively around the world on contemporary art and co-edited a survey book on Chinese contemporary art published by Dumont. 

Closely engaging with each client’s unique profile, Amelie additionally develops meaningful cultural strategies for institutions and international corporations as well as advises on art strategies for property developments. 

In 2009, Amelie co-founded Intelligence Squared Asia with Yana Peel and since 2011 is co-owner and co-chair of Intelligence Squared Group. 

Pernilla Holmes — Director

An art historian by training, prior to joining Wedel Art Pernilla advised top private collections and worked closely with artists at leading galleries. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions of both emerging and established artists at key points in their careers including Frank Bowling, Gutai artists, Laurie Simmons, Faith Ringgold and Oscar Tuazon. Pernilla has an MA from the Courtauld Institute and has written extensively on art in catalogues and for such publications as the Financial Times, Newsweek, World of Interiors and ARTnews, as well as giving lectures at museums and colleges.

Pernilla joined Wedel Art Advisory as Director in 2010 and is passionate about bringing clients and artists together to develop larger projects, which have included a performance by Peter Liversidge at The Whitechapel Gallery, a major performance by Ryan McNamara in Hong Kong and Pedro Reyes in London. In her role as Director, Pernilla is also working on cultural strategies for large corporations and major international property and city developments.

Jessica Ziskind — Sales and Exhibitions Assistant

Before joining Wedel Art in 2019 as Sales and Exhibitions Assistant, Jessica worked at New Contemporaries, the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from UK art schools and alternative programmes. She has also held curatorial internships at Camden Arts Centre and Tate Modern and positions at The Annenberg Space for Photography and Coagula Curatorial back in her home city of Los Angeles. Jessica received her BA Art History from UCLA and MFA Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London during which time she independently curated a number of exhibitions featuring emerging artists.

Since coming on board, Jessica has worked on the Etel Adnan, Ilse D’Hollander, Patricia Leite and Robin Rhode exhibitions at The Arts Club as well as on an upcoming performance commission on behalf of the EMDASH Foundation, among other projects.

Leanne Petersen — Registrar

Before joining Wedel Art in 2019, Leanne worked as part of the curatorial team at Autograph Gallery in London which specialises in showcasing artists working in photography and film. There she co-curated and organised numerous on and off-site exhibitions as well as leading exhibitions tours and events. Leanne also regularly writes for several online platforms, reviewing shows and conducting interviews with both emerging and established international contemporary artists. She received her MA in History of Art from Birkbeck University and holds a BA in Media and Culture Studies from London College of Communication, UAL.

Bodil Bjerkvik Blain — Business Development

Bodil Bjerkvik Blain is a social media and marketing strategist who has successfully launched several start-ups and consumer brands, including CRU Kafe. She has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and has been extensively involved with the art world for over a decade. At Wedel Art she focuses on creatively advising clients on their living spaces, art and design. Bodil writes a regular column for Wallpaper magazine interviewing leading creative forces.