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In/secure childhoods: Children and conflict in Kashmir (2024)
Journal Article
Brännlund, E., Buser, M., Holt, N., Mytton, J., Fazli, A., Leeson, L., …Sinha, V. (2024). In/secure childhoods: Children and conflict in Kashmir. Childhood, 31(1), 48-66. https://doi.org/10.1177/09075682241226521

This paper focuses on art productions by children participating in an art-based wellbeing intervention project in Kashmir. Drawing on feminist security studies, we conducted narrative analysis to explore how children represent in/security. The locati... Read More about In/secure childhoods: Children and conflict in Kashmir.

Thriving communities Bristol evaluation report 2023 (2023)
Report
Holt, N., & Dunn, L. (2023). Thriving communities Bristol evaluation report 2023. Arts Council and National Academy of Social Prescribing

Thriving Communities Bristol developed partnerships between grassroots organisations with the aim of improving practice and knowledge of social prescribing in the city. Between June 2021 and June 2022, the project’s partners identified need and de... Read More about Thriving communities Bristol evaluation report 2023.

Art and the schizophrenic spectrum (2023)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. (2023). Art and the schizophrenic spectrum. In P. Crawford, & P. Kadetz (Eds.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Health Humanities. (1). Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26825-1_20-1

There is an ‘art and health’ paradox in the literature on the schizophrenic spectrum, since features of the schizophrenic spectrum have been argued to facilitate artistic creativity (e.g., by enabling novel perspectives, images or insights), suggesti... Read More about Art and the schizophrenic spectrum.

Critical perspectives on art on prescription (2023)
Journal Article
Jensen, A., Bungay, H., & Holt, N. (in press). Critical perspectives on art on prescription. Perspectives in Public Health, https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913923117077

The positive outcomes of engaging in the arts are increasingly reported in the research literature, supporting the use of the arts to enhance individual and community health and wellbeing. However, little attention is given to the less positive aspec... Read More about Critical perspectives on art on prescription.

The impact of remote arts on prescription: Changes in mood, attention and loneliness during art workshops as mechanisms for wellbeing change (2023)
Journal Article
Holt, N. (2023). The impact of remote arts on prescription: Changes in mood, attention and loneliness during art workshops as mechanisms for wellbeing change. Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health, 5(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.18261/njach.5.1.1

Purpose: To assess the impact of art workshops delivered remotely, during the coronavirus pandemic, on the wellbeing of participants. To measure the impact of participating in art workshops on immediate experience (mood, attention and loneliness). To... Read More about The impact of remote arts on prescription: Changes in mood, attention and loneliness during art workshops as mechanisms for wellbeing change.

Surviving to thriving: Impact of art interventions on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence (2022)
Report
Holt, N., Grace, P., & Halliwell, E. (2022). Surviving to thriving: Impact of art interventions on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence. One Story

This evaluation report describes a series of art workshops designed to support the wellbeing of people who have experienced sexual violence, run through Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS; www.sarsas.org.uk), led by socially enga... Read More about Surviving to thriving: Impact of art interventions on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence.

Art on referral: Remote delivery in primary and secondary care during the coronavirus pandemic (2022)
Report
Holt, N., Baber, D., Matthews, J., Lines, R., & Disney, B. (2022). Art on referral: Remote delivery in primary and secondary care during the coronavirus pandemic. Fresh Arts, Southmead Hospital and CreativeShift, Bristol

Between July 2020 and February 2021 Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital and CreativeShift delivered remote arts on referral programmes to over 100 participants during the coronavirus pandemic. A referral pathway was developed with cultural organisations... Read More about Art on referral: Remote delivery in primary and secondary care during the coronavirus pandemic.

Colouring for wellbeing: Evidence and applications (2022)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. (in press). Colouring for wellbeing: Evidence and applications. In Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Health Humanities. Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)

Colouring has been increasingly used by adults as a tool to reduce stress and anxiety and to increase mindful attention in recent years. Its popularity has been reflected in the production and sales of colouring books, downloadable colouring pages an... Read More about Colouring for wellbeing: Evidence and applications.

Art on prescription: Practice and evidence (2022)
Book Chapter
Holt, N., Matthews, J., & Elliot, C. (in press). Art on prescription: Practice and evidence. In P. Crawford, & P. Kadetz (Eds.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Health Humanities. (1). Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26825-1

Art on prescription is one pathway in social prescribing schemes that typically involves referrals to visual arts programmes (rather than to activities such as dance, music or creative writing) (Crone et al., 2018; van der Venter & Buller, 2015). Soc... Read More about Art on prescription: Practice and evidence.

Drawing in healthcare (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. (2021, December). Drawing in healthcare. Paper presented at Drawing in Hospitals – what is the role of mark making in contemporary healthcare?‘, Online

Nicola Holt, a psychologist for the Health Department at the University of the West of England (UWE). Nicola discussed the impact of art on patients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety and their general wellbeing, in addition to experiments proving... Read More about Drawing in healthcare.

Surviving to thriving: The impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Grace, P., Holt, N., & Halliwell, E. (2021, November). Surviving to thriving: The impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence. Poster presented at Sexual Violence and Health Research Day, Engineers House, Bristol

The study evaluated the impact of a programme of creative workshop on the well-being and mood of 25 women (average age = 41, range = 20-57) who had experienced sexual violence, run through SARSAS (www.sarsas.org.uk). A pre-post evaluation was conduct... Read More about Surviving to thriving: The impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence.

Which resources help young people to prevent and overcome mental distress in deprived urban areas in Latin America? A protocol for a prospective cohort study (2021)
Journal Article
Priebe, S., Catherine, F., Brusco, L. I., Carbonetti, F., Gómez-Restrepo, C., Uribe, M., …Bird, V. (2021). Which resources help young people to prevent and overcome mental distress in deprived urban areas in Latin America? A protocol for a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open, 11(9), Article e052339. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052339

Introduction Improving the mental health of young people is a global public health priority. In Latin America, young people living in deprived urban areas face various risk factors for mental distress. However, most either do not develop mental distr... Read More about Which resources help young people to prevent and overcome mental distress in deprived urban areas in Latin America? A protocol for a prospective cohort study.

Using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts for health (2021)
Digital Artefact
Holt, N. (2021). Using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts for health. [Video]

Dr. Nicola Holt, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, discusses using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts for health, including study design, ethical considerations, data collection and analysis, and... Read More about Using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts for health.

“Nobody can fail at it, everybody succeeds”: Perceived processes of change following attendance at an arts on prescription programme (2021)
Conference Proceeding
Holt, N., Elliot, C., & Jenkinson, E. (2021). “Nobody can fail at it, everybody succeeds”: Perceived processes of change following attendance at an arts on prescription programme. In N. Daykin, & A. Coulter (Eds.), Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 CHW21 Research Proceedings (66-68)

Introduction As the delivery of social prescribing schemes is increasing nationally (NHS England, 2019; Fixsen & Polley, 2019), evaluation of their impact and efficacy is pressing: quantitative, qualitative and econometric (Public Health England, 20... Read More about “Nobody can fail at it, everybody succeeds”: Perceived processes of change following attendance at an arts on prescription programme.

“It’s not therapy; I’m not a therapist”: Exploring the perspectives of Arts Health Practitioners on how arts on referral can improve psychosocial outcomes in adults with health conditions (2021)
Conference Proceeding
White, E., Holt, N., & Jenkinson, E. (2021). “It’s not therapy; I’m not a therapist”: Exploring the perspectives of Arts Health Practitioners on how arts on referral can improve psychosocial outcomes in adults with health conditions. In . N. Daykin, & A. Coulter (Eds.), Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 CHW21 Research Proceedings (143-146)

Introduction The rationale for this research was to explore the perspectives of art for health practitioners about how art interventions can improve psychosocial outcomes for adults with physical health conditions. Existing literature tends to foc... Read More about “It’s not therapy; I’m not a therapist”: Exploring the perspectives of Arts Health Practitioners on how arts on referral can improve psychosocial outcomes in adults with health conditions.

An evaluation of the impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence (2021)
Conference Proceeding
Grace, P., Holt, N., & Halliwell, E. (2021). An evaluation of the impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence. In N. Daykin, & A. Coulter (Eds.), Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 CHW21 Research Proceedings (48-50)

Introduction The study evaluated the impact of a four-session creative workshop on well-being and mood among women who had experienced sexual violence, run through Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS; https://www.sarsas.org.uk/).... Read More about An evaluation of the impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence.

A mixed-methods evaluation of the longitudinal impact of arts on prescription (2021)
Conference Proceeding
Zalantai, B., Holt, . . N., Chase, M., & Jenkinson, E. (2021). A mixed-methods evaluation of the longitudinal impact of arts on prescription. In N. Daykin, & A. Coulter (Eds.), Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 CHW21 Research Proceedings (153-155)

Introduction Art on prescription is one pathway in social prescribing schemes that involves referral by health workers to visual arts programmes, for individuals experiencing social isolation and low to moderate levels of stress, anxiety and depres... Read More about A mixed-methods evaluation of the longitudinal impact of arts on prescription.