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Institute for Creative Enterprise

The Institute for Creative Enterprise is Edge Hill University’s practice-led and theoretically grounded interdisciplinary research forum. Connecting Edge Hill University with the digital and creative economy and with cultural organisations.

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.

Our mission and aims


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 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.

External partners we work with

  • Arts Council England
  • Bazelevs Studio
  • Bluecoat (Liverpool)
  • Creative Lancashire
  • Culture Liverpool
  • Digital Lancashir
  • 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
  • Unity Theatre
  • Writing on the Wall
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If you would like to work with ICE, please get in touch

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The Lonely Arts Club podcast

The Lonely Arts Club is a series of interviews with creative and cultural people, discovering their journey into the arts and where it’s led them.

Check out our most recent episodes

Find out more and see our previous episodes

Research activities

ICE is pleased to support and promote research groups and networks at Edge Hill University.

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Arts for Wellbeing

The research theme of Arts for Wellbeing builds upon existing practice-based expertise, research and knowledge transfer experience in the arts for wellbeing. It works with research publications (books, chapters, articles, systematic reviews and practice-based outputs) and with existing links and connections at local, national and international levels. The group’s aim is to generate evidence of good arts practice for wellbeing across the life span.

See more on Arts for Wellbeing research


The Edge Hill Research Archive (EHRA) showcases selected published research produced by Edge Hill University academic staff and researchers.  

The archive seeks to:

  • Increase the visibility and impact of Edge Hill’s research outputs
  • Raise awareness of research endeavours and activities at Edge Hill
  • Make research outputs easily searchable via search engines
  • Facilitate better management and storage of digital content

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ICE enabler grants

The Institute for Creative Enterprise invites applications for its enabler grants scheme. The awards are intended to allow individuals or teams to prepare a significant external funding application.

Find out about enabler grants