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About ICE

The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) is the gateway for researchers within Edge Hill University to collaborate with external partners across cultural industries and the creative and digital economy in the North West, nationally, and internationally.

The institute 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. 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. The Institute also supports disciplinary and inter-disciplinary work in the theoretical and critical investigation of culture.

ICE mission and aims


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The institute is based in the flagship £17million Creative Edge building housing industry-standard facilities, including:

  • TV studios
  • recording studios
  • animation studios
  • sound-editing studios
  • a radio studio
  • a photographic studio
  • a multimedia laboratory

Who we work with

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 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.

  • 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
  • Unity Theatre
  • Writing on the Wall
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If you would like to work with ICE, please get in touch