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Professor Ysanne Holt

Research and Innovation Lead, Dept of Arts

MA Sussex University, 1985 PhD Northumbria University, 1998



Since the completion of my PhD I have contributed to the broader interdisciplinary study of cultural production in Britain through, for example, a 2003-5 Leverhulme Trust research grant for studies in early twentieth century art practice and patronage and through my General Editorship, since 2001, of the (now) Routledge journal Visual Culture in Britain. I was Academic Advisor and an editor of Tate Britain’s Getty-funded on-line Camden Town Group in Context Research Project which launched in 2012 and I currently run an AHRC Research Network on the theme of ‘Northern Peripheries’.

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

Research Interests

My research interests are in the field of British art of the first half of the twentieth century, in cultures of landscape and ruralism, as well as artists’ relations with collectors and with the wider art market, its networks and surrounding critical discourses. I am currently writing a monograph on visual and material culture in the 1920s. My focus has extended recently too to examine the processes and practices associated with specific past and contemporary northern landscapes and environments and I am developing a series of interdisciplinary and collaborative events and publications on the theme of ‘Northern Peripheries’.

I am currently principal supervisor for 3 PhDs on subjects relating to visual culture and walking, and to arts participation, sustainability and social change.

Key Publications


Oct 2013. Co-editor (with Angela McClanahan), ‘Northern Peripheries’, themed issue of Visual Studies, including single-authored article, ‘A Hut on Holy Island: Reframing Northern Landscapes.’, Vol.28, no. 3.

March 2013. Article, ‘New York, London, Ireland: Collector John Quinn’s transatlantic network, c.1900-1917’, Visual Culture in Britain, (Guest Editor, Andrew Stephenson), Vol.14, no.2.

2012. Introduction and essays for Tate Britain’s ‘Camden Town Group in Context Research Project’,

2011. Chapter ‘The Call of Commerce: The Studio Magazine in the 1920s’, in The Rise of the London Art Market, 1860-1930, eds., Anne Helmreich and Pamela Fletcher, Manchester University Press.