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Lea Mathilde Svendsen

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationGlasgow, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsArt Student - Sales and Marketing Intern - Volunteer

About me

Originally from Denmark, I grew up in an international environment first living five years in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and then moving to the UK to study an honours degree in art history. As a result I am fluent in Danish and English with a proficiency in German and Swedish/ Norwegian. While I am enthusiastic about all aspects of the art market and my passion lies within the creative field, especially local crafts, theatre and costume design. With prior experience in the auction business as well as teaching and project development I hold a wide range of skills. I am confident that my professionalism, creative thinking, communication skills and ability to adapt and learn easily will make me an asset in any company. In my free-time I enjoy cooking, spending time with my friends and being outdoors.

Skills

  • Art Catalogue
  • Art Criticism
  • Art Business
  • Auction
  • Charismatic
  • Confident Communiator
  • Open Minded
  • Provenance Research
  • International Education
  • Blog Creation

Work history

2016

Art & Science Ambassador

Glasgow Hunterian Museum

Jan 2016 - Jun 2016
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • The experience involved object-based research within the Hunterian collection and resulted in two short lessons, where I led and supervised discussions and handling sessions at a local secondary school, All Saints Secondary School in Glasgow. The experience improved my independent researching skills and provided me with valuable experience of teaching and communicating art history to a younger audience. Furthermore, planning an engaging lesson for a group of young people stimulated my creative thinking process within an academic setting.

2015

Sales and Marketing Intern

Christie's

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Helping the department with cataloging, handling and wrapping objects improved my experience immensely in those areas. Other tasks included general office work such as working with Excel spread sheets. I was also given the opportunity to guide potential buyers at a sale preview thus strengthening my sales and communications skills with clients as well as with colleagues. The internship provided me with a thorough understanding of how the art market functions and the workings of a major auctioning institution.

2013

Art Pilot - Volunteer

Statens Museum for Kunst

Sep 2012 - Jan 2013
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Internship
  • As a volunteer at the National Gallery of Art in Copenhagen, I helped develop and organise events and minor exhibitions working closely together with a cohort of 30 people within the ages of 18-25. This enhanced my skills of working within a group, listening carefully to others ideas as well as being confident in my own. One project in particular was focused on involving local communities in order to improve the urban area surrounding metro construction sites.

Education

Currently

MA in Art History, Art Market

University of Glasgow

Sep 2013
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Studying towards a Senior Honours degree in art history has taught me the important skills of critical and independent research within museum collections, archives and online sources. Having to write academic work has not only enhanced my communication skills via lecturers and peers, but also made me an independent researcher confident in my own ability to think creatively and make full use of research collections. meeting deadlines, structuring and working flexible hours.

2015

Senior Honours Degree

Christie's

Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Part of a Senior Honours degree in partnership with Glasgow University. At Christie’s Education I acquired skills such as analysing and interpreting objects of art and historical sources, as well as researching and cataloguing and finding the provenance of an object. I have furthermore gained a valuable insight into the business of the art market and functioning of major art institutions. With the course spanning from antiquities to early Modernism it has given me an in-depth knowledge of the history and theory of art.