About ICE

About ICE

The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) is the gateway for researchers within Edge Hill University to collaborate with external partners across the cultural industries and the creative and digital economy in the north west, nationally, and internationally. ICE works to establish long-term relationships of mutual benefit with cultural partners across the region. Through a relationship with ICE, cultural organisations leverage the resources of the University to address their own research questions or lines of enquiry. Through working with external partners, ICE facilitates knowledge exchange and pathways to impact for the research carried out at Edge Hill.

ICE also has specific remits in relation to practice-based research in the creative arts, and policy research in media and the cultural industries. ICE also supports disciplinary and inter-disciplinary work in the theoretical and critical investigation of culture.

External partners working with ICE include: Arts Council England, Bazelevs Studio, Bluecoat (Liverpool), Creative Lancashire, Culture Liverpool, Digital Lancashire, Doc Society, Everyman cinemas, Everyman-Playhouse theatres, FACT, Google, HOME, Hurricane Films, LA Productions, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Film Office, Liverpool Irish Festival, National Museums & Galleries Liverpool, North by North West, Open Eye Gallery, RIBA North, Royal Court Liverpool, Sound City, Tate Liverpool, UNESCO, Unity Theatre, and Writing on the Wall.

If you are interested in working with ICE please email [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Mission and Aims

ICE has identified the following thematic research priorities over the next three years:

  1. Digital economy and creative enterprise: providing capability in the early adoption of information technologies by cultural industries, audiences and practitioners, focussing on the transformational effect that these technologies can have.
  2. Connecting communities and developing place through creative enterprise: understanding the changing nature of communities and place in their historical and cultural contexts, and the role of diverse communities and place in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life through creative enterprise.
  3. Sustainable careers and open institutions: working with cultural industries, practitioners, and research analogues to develop our understanding of how a regional and national infrastructure can support creative careers and break down barriers between institutions and the public.
  4. Practice-based research and public audiences: developing models for the creation and dissemination of practice which engages public audiences, the media industry and diverse communities while balancing the non-commercial imperatives of research.
  5. Cultural policy and critical theories: understanding the needs of policy makers and cultural industries through the resources of critical thought in the theoretical tradition of the academic humanities.


ICE is based in the flagship £17million Creative Edge building, which houses industry-standard facilities including TV studios, recording studios, animation studios, sound-editing studios, a radio studio, photographic studio and Multimedia laboratory.



The Creative Edge broadcast television studio comprises of the latest high end equipment. The studio is designed around the broadcast model, with separate audio control room and production gallery. It offers a totally tapeless workflow, with direct ingest into our EditShare media asset management system. All the production areas have reference script lighting, to enable the correct viewing parameters of picture content.



The Creative Edge contains two purpose-built, fully soundproofed recording studios, dedicated to animation, music, and sound for picture. Music Studio & Rehearsal Spaces Specification (PDF)

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