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Prof Ysanne Holt


Department: Arts

Ysanne Holt , Art History , Northumbria University , Newcastle.In both of these contexts she has led the development of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional academic research networks as well as collaborative projects with national museums such as Tate Britain. She has a strong interest in the social and historical relations between forms of cultural production, and in this spirit was founding editor of the Routledge journal Visual Culture in Britain, now in its fifteenth volume. Her most recent preoccupations are with the experience and representations of the UK north, in particular with the shifting historical and present-day identities of marginal or ‘at edge’ sites such as borders and island locations. She is currently writing a book on art and visual culture in the 1920s and editing an anthology of essays on subjects relating to visual culture and the northern British archipelago.

At Northumbria I teach art history and visual theories to undergraduate Fine Art students and contribute to the MRes Arts programme.  I am a Research Lead in the Dept of Arts and lead the Visual and Material Culture research group.


  • Arts (general) PhD July 23 1998
  • History of Art MA (Hons) October 20 1983

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Introduction: Layered Landscapes, Holt, Y., Ashmore, R. 27 Feb 2020, In: Arts
  • On Watery Borders, Borderlands, and Tania Kovats’ Head to Mouth, Holt, Y. 20 Aug 2019, In: Arts
  • Special Issue, Ashmore, R., Holt, Y. 1 Sep 2019
  • Borderlands: Visual and Material Culture in the Interwar Anglo-Scottish Borders, Holt, Y. Oct 2018, Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention, Edinburgh University Press
  • Islandness and Visual Culture between the Wars, Holt, Y. May 2018, Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago: Imagining Islands, Taylor & Francis
  • Performing the Anglo-Scottish Border, Holt, Y. 2 Jan 2018, In: Journal of Borderland Studies
  • The Centenary Celebration of Grace Darling and the Longstone Lighthouse, Holt, Y. 2018, From the Lighthouse: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Light, Taylor & Francis
  • The centenary celebrations of Grace Darling and the Longstone Lighthouse, Holt, Y. 24 Apr 2018, From the Lighthouse, Taylor & Francis
  • Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago: Imagining Islands, Holt, Y., Martin-Jones, D., Jones, O. May 2018

PGR Supervision

  • Inge Panneels Mapping the Anthropocene: an investigation of cultural ecosystem services through artists’ engagement with environmental change in Scotland Start: 07/10/2014
  • Anna Reid The Nest of Wild Stones: A Geological Way of Seeing in the British Landscape Start: 17/06/2015
  • Stephen Pritchard Artwashing: The Art of Regeneration, Social Capital and Anti-Gentrification Activism Start: 08/10/2013
  • Owen Logan Fractured Culture: The Sociological Poetics of the Arts, Participation and Well-Being Start: 01/10/2010


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