News and Events


"Changes" Writing Competition Winners

This was a small event featuring the reading of the three winning entries from the 2014 Culture Shots staff writing competition. Director and professional actor Julia Nelson worked with the writing competition winners and student actors to bring the written word to life. With a good stage set up, microphone and lectern this new initiative worked very well, with good attendance good feedback from patients, staff and visitors to the hospital.

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Drawing Back - Film by Annie Harrison
memory drawing

This is a short film made by Lime Arts artist in residence Annie Harrisson. It portrays the memories of staff of the Manchester Royal Infirmary through their own drawings. The film was made for Annie's MA in 2014. Go to

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Yorkshire at its Best - creating a dementia friendly environment

A new environment has been created through staff and patient involvement in this important new project that has focused on enhancing the healing environment of the public spaces in Horton Wing, St Lukes Hospital to benefit everyone but especially people who live with dementia.

See more on the Environments page.

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Burnley Urgent Care Centre

Work is now completed on the Burnley General Hospital Urgent Care Centre. Working with architects practice Gilling Dod Architects a stunning array of artworks stemming from works in glass by commissioned artist Lucy Hall has been installed. Glass works and modifird macro photography of the glass details are situated around the new building in key locations creating a contemplative, colourful backdrop to spaces where feelings run high due to the nature of this urgent care hospital.

There are more images on the Environments page.

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Yuanfan Yang performs at The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

This amazing performance took place on on Friday 18th July at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. It was part of Lime Arts Music For Health Programme and Culture Shots week and part of Lime's collaboration with Chethams School of Music. Yuanfan is an exceptional young musician giving an 80 minute recital. Yuanfan Yang began playing piano aged 6, passed Grade 8 Piano with distinction aged 8, and achieved his DipABRSM diploma at the age of 10. He currently studies at Chethams School of Music with Dr Murray McLachlan. Yuanfan has won many international piano competitions and awards, including 3rd Prize in the Minnesota International e-Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition amongst many more. Yuanfan was also Keyboard Category Winner and subsequent Grande Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 Competition. He has been hailed as a giant of the keyboard by renowned music critic John Amis. See

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Culture Shots

Culture Shots, a week of cultural events in Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Culture Shots is a partnership between the hospital Trust, its Arts Team Lime Arts and the manchester Museum and Galleries Service.

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New team members

Lime welcomes 4 new members to our team, Holly Marland who previously managed Music For Health at the Royal Northern College of Music, specialist music and health musicians Ros Hawley and Mark Fisher, and Suzy Jackson who is our part time Finance and Administration Officer. Together they bring new skills and energy into our work and we wish them well with all that they do in their new roles with Lime.

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New Projects in Development

Lime has been working on a range of new projects. Those listed below will all be completed this year so watch this space for the outcomes later in the year:

St Lukes Hospital, Bradford - Dementia wards environment project

The Walton Centre, Aintree University Hospital. Art integration into this new hospital, the biggest of its kind in the UK.

SARC, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Central Manchester, enhancing the client journey visual art project.

Royal Eye Hospital, Central Manchester, bicentenary display celebrating 200 years of eye care in Manchester.

All these projects are in addition to the rich ongoing programme of music (and associated research), work with the Cystic Fibrosis Service and developing projects and strategy for the future in and around Manchester and the north of England.

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Words Art
Jane Fletcher
Jane Fletcher Jane Fletcher

Words Art by Jane Fletcher Display cabinet exhibition, 2nd floor Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Words and imagery with a contemporary twist on life.

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Therapy and Dietetics art project

Shown here are a few examples of newly installed works sponsored by the Wooden Spoon Children's Charity of Rugby. In this project Lime artists worked closely with staff and patients to make a stimulating environment with re-designed spaces and specifically designed graphics to enhance the use of the spaces and compliment the therapeutic process with children in hospital. Spaces include dietetics interview room, two treatment rooms, the large gymnasium space and the weighing room. Children contributed many of the rather bonkers ideas of animals involved in sport activity for the gymnasium. Other works are verbal games and magnetic panels with moveable elements. Artists Brian Chapman and Helen Kitchen.

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Lime´s Music Programme reaches high note!
music on ward ward music

Lime´s music programme has received new funding through the Charities Board at The Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Lime now hosts three musicians for three years. The Music for Health (M4H) specialist are Holly Marland, Ros and Mark Fisher. Their remit is:

• Specialised ward work including partnerships between musicians and healthcare staff in speech and language, physiotherapy, SEN and other priority areas.

• Training for professional musicians/healthcare staff.

• CPD commissioned by the RNCM and other partner Institutions including Salford University.

• Artistic programme: concerts, residencies and collaborative projects with international cultural and healthcare communities.

• Research into music in healthcare.

• UK M4H Association/ Hub linked to International Network of Music in Healthcare, delivered in conjunction with M4H partner Musique et Sant in Paris.

Furthermore their hard work and tenacity has just achieved a substantial award from Youth Music. The funding will provide a 2-year training and research programme of specialised music delivery to patients at the Royal Manchester Children´s Hospital. The funding will support:

• A tiered training programme for musicians (9 musicians in yr1, 12 in yr 2) and training for healthcare staff at the hospital.

• 2 Summer Festival events at RMCH in collaboration with the Youth Music Action Zone for Manchester, Brighter Sound A specialist Early Years project led by musicians Ros and Mark Fisher.

• 2 pieces of written research by Salford School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Evaluative films compiled by an arts for health film-maker for national advocacy.

In their feedback, Youth Music commented that this was an excellent bid and one of the largest grants awarded in the North West out of thousands of applications.

Lime´s Project Manager Dawn Prescott is developing this strand of work and will help lead the music programme to new heights over the coming years.

Congratulations to all for their solid commitment and hard work.

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Eyes and Ears
Manchester Weekender event

Eyes And Ears was a collaborative, site-specific, audio-visual event at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital atrium, a large hospital waiting space in the hospital

The event was part of the Manchester Weekender aimed at Cultural Tourists and is marketed to visitors within Manchester and outside. The objective is to create more focus on the institutions on the Oxford Road Cultural Corridor and provide bespoke programming which will introduce the venues to new (and existing) audiences.

Lime´s musicians Holly Marland, Mark Fisher and Ros Hawley explored the atrium space of the Royal Eye Hospital as a creative performance space. Working with percussionists Hilary Ball and Graham Proctor from the RNCM, the performance enabled the hospital to link creatively with the Northwest's leading classical music institution and open its doors to those both inside and outside the hospital for a live music event specially designed for this unique space.

The performance lasted 50 minutes and was designed to give the musicians artistic freedom to respond creatively both to the acoustics created at various points and floor levels, and the artwork previously commissioned for the space. Due to the open and transitory nature of the atrium the 'audience' of approximately 40 people were invited to sit or stand wherever was comfortable to experience the sound as the musicians moved between artworks creating a range of moods, colours and textures . Patients could walk freely to and fro from their wards to the atrium and move around or leave when they wanted to.

The music created related very closely to how the musicians work on the wards with patients and staff - carefully responding to immediate situations, allowing space and time to listen, interact and create in a participatory way.

The response to the event was well received - there were several enquiries for CD recordings - one lady said that she had trouble sleeping and ' music like that' would help her sleep better. Another described it as ' like a sound bath.. it was really relaxing following the sounds as they moved around the space'. One younger audience member said ' I usually only like pop music, but I like this too.'

Using the atrium in this way provides a unique and very modern setting for live music to be experienced in a completely inclusive way relevant to the lives and experiences of many people within the Manchester community, both outside the hospital and from within it.

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Hydrotherapy art installations - This project won a Highly Commended Award in the Design and Health International Academy Awards 2012 and was winner in the Patient Environment catagory of the Patient Experience National Network Awards 2012.
Royal Manchester Children' Hospital
pool before pool after corr corr after reception before recep after recep2 explorers room 7 romm 7 after treasure treasur pool

This ambitious project was funded by the Thomas Cook Children's Charity and supported by the Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust Charities Team. It is the transformation of seven interior spaces within the Dietetics and Therapy Centre at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The project concept was to create a sense of travel, journey, discovery and wonder through each of the spaces. Reminiscent of Thomas Cook's original 1872 round the world tours, the artworks plot a far-away adventure through magical lands and the wonders of the under the sea world.

Main reception begins with the adventure. Twenty one individually made explorers (made by Sale Grammar School students) plan their journey on an imaginary map of the world. The story unfolds as the patient journey takes them through the various departmental spaces.

Ripple lighting, sound system, 8 original soundscapes commissioned, tactile elements, magical lenticular prints, suspended sculpture, designed to meet therapuetic need and enhance the patient experience.


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LIME Annual Report 2010-2011
A review of the year

Lime's annual report is now available for you to download. The report aims to review, acknowledge and celebrate our work throughout 2010-11. It communicates our driving principals by highlighting projects of best practice, reviews partnership development, organisational development and summarises out financial activity.


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Interactive treatment room projection
Luna Interactive
Child ceiling projection

Luna is an interactive stress ball that produces generative motion visuals. It was designed for a child's treatment room at Central Manchester University Hospital's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). The aim of the product is to engage the child in a calming and relaxing way whilst undergoing a stressful forensic medical examination. Commissioned by Lime Arts and designed by artist Ben Bradley

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University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Paediatric Unit
Art to enhance clinical spaces
Dental reception Recep Before Sale Grammar space lenticular Micrographs

This project was designed by Lime Arts in consultation with children, staff and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry Claire Stevens.

The aim was to enhance the newly upgraded department with a range of artworks to add interest, talking points, colour and form to otherwise clinical spaces. New work was designed and made for the reception area, connecting corridor and treatment rooms. A special project was established with Sale Grammar School were the students each made a beautiful copper fish. They were then put together as a whole shoal of fish to great effect for the reception area.The corridor display is a lenticular print portraying the sky line (in one view) and the buildings (in the other view) of Manchester. Other rooms were themed with tropical, space, science and bubble forms.

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The DNA of Frodsham and Helsby's new Health Centre
A unique arts and health project
Lenticular prints Atrium wall Atrium wall 2 External paving

This arts project has given members of the public the chance to be featured within the new Frodsham and Helsby Health Centre in a most unusual way.

As part of the creation of the new facility, architects and planners worked with Lime Arts artist Rob Vale. A unique series of artworks were created to enhance the health centre and they were made directly with the people of Frodsham.

50 DNA Portraits were produced, each made with a different individual. The portraits are lenticular prints made with two images, a photograph of a family heirloom or keepsake precious to the participant and their family, and a digital image created from a DNA sample taken from the individual.

Participants were drawn from local schools nominating 2 pupils,each, representatives from the GP practices, patients who will use the building, and local community groups and organisations including the photographic society, Arts Society, police and fire services, councillors and many others.

The DNA images sourced from a company in Canada were also integrating to great effect into the exterior paving of the building.

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+Culture Shots 6-12 February
Museum and Galleries Week at Central Manchester Hospitals

+Culture Shots is a week-long series of creative events run by museums and galleries in all five Central Manchester University Hospitals this February. From museum collections, music, film and photography to wild food foraging, painting and the science of football, these unique sessions give you the chance to discover how culture can enhance your own life, your professional practice, and your patients health and well being.


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Music in the Hospitals
Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, St Marys Hospital and the Royal Eye Hospital
Music Programme Flyer designed by Dawn Prescott

An exciting new concert series is taking place in these hospitals in central Manchester. It will showcase musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music and from Music in Hospitals. The concerts will take place on the first Wednesday of each month for six months from June 2011 within the various hospital atrium spaces between 11am -12.30pm. Please drop in at any time for a mid-week boost of beautiful live music!


2nd November 2011

11am Royal Eye Hospital

Kora Melody (RNCM)

West African songs.

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Anyone Who Has a Heart
Light sculpture
light scupture

Anyone Who Has a Heart, is a newly installed light sculpture by artists Andy Small and Steven Almond. It sits at the entrance to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. It was commissioned by Lime arts and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through a special arts programme allocation from Charitable Funds. The sculpture aims to catch attention through its form, textures and movement. giving a sense of fun and playfulness for all ages. Sensors around trigger the light display in different ways but if one holds onto the stainless steel hand grips it monitors and pulses red light to your heart rate. It can also tell you the time of day, on the hour, the sculpture turns into a clock through a sequence of orange lights. You can see the piece working at night here

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Colshaw Farm Estate, Wilmslow

Lime are working with Chesire East Council on a pilot project at Colshaw Farm Estate in Wilmslow. Community Lead Artist for Lime, Kim Wiltshire, is working with artists Jacqui Symons and Richard Dawson to create a piece of public art for the estate with young people from the estate. Following eight workshops with around 15 participants ranging from 7 to 16 years of age, the piece of wall art will be unveiled to residents in April 2011.

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Studio space has been made available at Lime for 3 new artists offering an opportunity for them to work supportively alongside each other, exchanging knowledge and ideas as they explore and develop their individual interpretations of arts and health.

Our new artists will have free studio space as well as access to resources including arts and health networks, research material and information, broadband internet, the works van and office equipment. By way of exchange each artist will give Lime the equivalent of 1 day per month of their time towards project work.

The arrangement aims to encourage an exchange of new knowledge, skills and art forms between the artists and Lime, so that we can maintain an influx of new ideas, diversity and experimentation into our work. We will Keep you updated with the artists and their work throughout the year.

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Cystic Fibrosis: 'Transitions
Artists: Artist and Graphic Designer Jacqui Symons, Writer Kim Wiltshire, Filmmaker and Animator Mark Haig

Image: A page out of the 'Transitions' book designed by Jacqui Symons.

Lime is currently delivering and managing 'Transitions', a creative project by and for young people aged 15 to 18 with cystic fibrosis (CF), which aims to help them make the transition from paediatric to adult health-care services. Three artists have been working with young people with CF to design a Transitions Pack which includes an information booklet, leaflets and a DVD. The DVD is divided into chapters and includes a short drama fictionalising accounts drawn from young people with CF, animation sequences, a virtual tour of the Manchester Adult CF Centre and interviews with older CF patients about their experiences.

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A Feast For All
Bury Family Recipes Book Launch

Image: The Mayor and Mayoress, local families and shoppers enjoy the culinary delights freshly prepared at Bury Market to celebrate the 'Bury Family Recipes' book launch.

'Bury Family Recipes' was launched at Bury Market in March this year. The project was co-ordinated by Nutritionist Francesca Vale who works for the Nutrition and Dietetics Service Team, Bury and it was funded by Communities for Health. Lime was commissioned to manage the production and design of the recipe book.

The free book was launched at the bustling Bury Market by the Mayor and Mayoress of Bury. Local chef Noel Goulding and his team of catering students prepared some of the tasty recipes for local families, shoppers and passers by to taste and enjoy throughout the day. The book was inspired by mums, dads and grandparents local to Bury, it brings together a range of family favourites that are tasty, nutritious, cost effective and easy to make. The aim of the project was to encourage local families to make healthy home made recipes using affordable local produce and seasonal vegetables.

Copies of Bury Family Recipes can be viewed online here:

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Lime says farewell to inspirational artist and friend

'My Time at Lime' by Liam Curtain

'I have been working at Lime as an artist in residence in their little workshop for about 2 years. Here I made a small rowing boat, a harmonograph (an instrument that draws repeated and changing ellipses due to the oscillations of two pendulums) and a few odd quirky sound making objects. More recently I made with, Caroline Edge, a camera obscura (a large camera that you can go inside).

Although I have not been at Lime on a daily basis I have enjoyed my time there immensely. Lime is a wonderful place. Its relaxed atmosphere and friendly people make for an interesting and very creative time. To me the lovely people at Lime have been a bit like a second family and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of them for their support, kindness and friendship.

I am leaving now but will call in from time to time to say hello and see what's going on. I wish my successors the best of luck and hope that they find their experience there at least as fruitful as mine.

I also wish Lime the best of luck in being able to continue with their very important work. I know from experience that art in hospitals is not some icing on the cake but a real part of the healing process!'


Image: Liam with the boat he made in his studio at Lime

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Multicultural Expressions
Neuro corridor exhibition
Chinese Calligraphy

Images: Left: Chinese Calligraphy by Mary Tang. Middle: Islamic Calligraphy by Rizwan Iqbal. Right: African batik by A.U. Chaba

In 2010 Lime Arts commissioned writer in Residence Chanje Kunda to work with hospital staff to find inspirational words, phrases and stories from around the world. Chanje then worked with artists from four cultural groups to find visual expression to some of those findings. The outcome was this intriguing exhibition.

The corridor is transformed and staff, patients and visitors hopefully will find some interest, joy and inspiration in the work. The artists are: Mary Tang (Chinese) whose traditional Chinese calligraphy spells out the words Fortune, Longevity, Health and Peaceful Mind, Rizwan Iqbal whose traditional Islamic calligraphy spells out the words Jamal (Beauty), Salam (Peace), Amal (Hope) and Mahabba (Love), A.U.Chaba who has portrayed a traditional and ancient African story about Queen Amina and her struggle for freedom and liberation. Steve Devine who made a series of photographs of objects that are used by Manchester Museum to tell stories from around the world.

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Dedication to Nursing
Designed with the nurses

This installation was designed by Lime Arts and commissioned jointly by the Nurses Leagues from both The Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital Pendlebury and the Booth Hall Childrens Hospital. These hospitals are now closed and services transferred to the new Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital in central Manchester. The statuette is Florence Nightingale and the trophy is the Grace Nield shield presented to the nurses by the New Zealand Registered Nurses Association in 1953. The slide show display comprises hospital archive images and some from the personal collections of the nurses. Artist Helen Kitchen

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SPECIAL NEWS FEATURE:The New Central Manchester Hospitals Arts Programe

This state of the art hospital development will provide cutting edge medical care for the people of Manchester and the North West. Lime has developed this vision over the past decade to compliment essential health care with high quality art and design. There are now four new hospitals on the Central Manchester site, a new Children's hospital, an Eye Hospital, a hospital for Adults and a hospital for Women. Twelve major art commissions are now in place with a further five being planned or awaiting installation. All funding for this scheme of wok has been derived from Charitable sources.

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'Glass Pool' by Andy Plant
Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Glass Pool by Andy Plant

This absorbing work located at the new Adult Hospital brings tranquil movement to the courtyard space as 480 pieces of blue glass gently rock in the breeze and every six minutes a small golden fish flashes through the ripples. At a longer interval a mini tidal wave runs the length of the pool adding to the dimension of movement and time.

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Vinyl art work by Christian Ryan
Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Vinyl Art work by Christian Ryan

The view to the glass pool (above) is framed by a major work in vinyl by artist Christian Ryan.

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Curious Creatures by Richard Sharples
Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Curious Creatures by Richard Sharples

Located at the new Children's Hospital site this playful piece features an array of animals; rope monkeys, a giant fish, butterflies emerging from the wall and some unusual metallic birds. Yet to be installed is a tree with a shadow in the form of a horse. Richard has also made a troupe of burrowing gofers, a flock of escaping butterflies and a quirky aquarium whereby fish heads protrude through the tank glazing.

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Fable by Jane Parker and Fergus Channon
Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Fable by Jane Parker and Fergus Channon

A courtyard installation at the new Eye Hospital featuring a planted slate mountain top with glass pool and a family of deer. The stag stands proud on a rocky outcrop. All materials are recycled including a ton of glass from vandalized bus shelters and scarpyard copper from which the deer were constructed.

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Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Touch Me by Opus Glass

Located at the new Eye Hospital site the intention is that this work is tactile and there to be touched making it particularly pertinent in a hospital where patients with impaired vision are treated.

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Lift Shaft works by Opus Glass and Ray Smith
Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Glass Artwork by Ray Smith and Opus Glass Ray Smith

There are two major works on lift shaft walls 3 stories high within two of the hospital atrium spaces. One features the work of Ray Smith at the new Eye Hospital and the other a substantial work in glass by Opus Glass located at the new Womens Hospital.

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Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development

Located in the main courtyard at the new Women's Hospitals, this quirky work in glass features a mysterious greenhouse.

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Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development

The exhibition of 30 book illustrations by internationally known artists was donated to the Manchester Royal Children's Hospital by Amnesty International. The images are supported by text and portray The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Photography artwork by Michelle Brand

Photography exhibition by environmental artist Michelle Brand at the new Women's Hospital using images of contemporary Manchester architecture.

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Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Interactive artwork by Liquid Digital

An interactive tactile piece for children situated in the busy main out patients department.

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Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Calligraphic Artwork

Artists Mary Tang, A.U. Chaba, Rizwan Iqbal and Steve Devine from the Manchester Museum worked with Lime's writer in residence Chanje Kunda to make a complete 16 piece Multi-cultural exhibition for the new hospitals arts programme.

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Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Anyone who has a Heart by Andy Small

A major iconic art work is planned to be installed in the landscape facing the new hospitals. The selected artist commissioned to make this work is Andy Small. The work will be a signature piece for the new development and is set to delight and intrigue everyone with interactive qualities such as gently pulsing ribbons of light that respond to your heart rate as you hold the sensors. The piece will also be interacted with remotely by children viewing from within the hospital.

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Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development
Glove Art

In collaboration with the Whitworth Art Gallery Lime has displayed work made by a local learning disabled adults group, the Platt Lane Art Group. Visiting artist Naomi Kendrick worked with the group to make this unique glove art. The display is in lit niches within the main reception desk at the New Manchester Children's Hospital.

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Rabbit Fox by Jessica Tsang

Following discussions with curator Ying Kwok at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester Lime has been offered a work by artist Jessica Tsang. Jessica has been artist in residence at the Chinese Arts Centre for the past six months and has kindly donated one of her works to the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Soon to be installed at the North West Genetics Centre (NOWGEN), the work is a fascinating ceramic piece developed in relation to the 2009 Charles Darwin's bicentenary. 'Rabbit Fox' explores the battle for survival on a sliding scale. It juxtaposes what is happening on an individual level with what is happening within the collective group. Each rabbit and fox is locked in its own private battle, but all the animals are in turn trapped within the coloured pools of glaze, which directly references a scientific diagram representing the way genes flow through a population.


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Transitions Project

Transitions is a creative project for young people with cystic fibrosis. Between September 2009 and February 2011 artists Kim Wiltshire and Mark Haig will work across the North West to create a pack for young people, created by young people aged 15 to 18. Using film, animation, digital art and creative writing, the pack will help those with cystic fibrosis make the transition from paediatric healthcare services to the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre (M.A.C.F.C.).

This project is supported by BBC Children in Need, M.A.C.F.C. and Paediatric CF Centres in the North West.

For more info contact

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Fingerprints image venture arts

The North West Genetics Centre (NOWGEN) and Lime worked with Venture Arts in Manchester to produce innovative, unique and eye-catching art works using each participants own fingerprints as a basis. The project used a mixture of techniques including pinhole photography, mosaics and textiles to produce this installation at the Nowgen Centre. Venture Arts is a specialist in the provision of arts and crafts workshops for people with learning disabilities. Their mission is to provide a high quality arts experience in a friendly, stimulating and inclusive environment, focusing on bringing out the best in every individual, nurturing talent and enhancing overall wellbeing and quality of life. They run a wide range of arts and crafts workshops from an art studio in Hulme, Manchester and run outreach projects across Manchester.

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Animal Encounters
Artwork by CF patient

Lime commissioned artist Adela Jones to work with patients during their stay in on Pearce Ward in the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre between September and December 2009. She invited individuals to create their own artworks inspired by an animal connection. The resulting 24 images are now framed and exhibited in the Centre's new Out Patients Department.__ The Artist had this to say about the project: ''The Animal Encounters project has grown from my own interest and enthusiasm for animals and a feeling that this is something that most people can connect to and enjoy. The variety of artworks reflect a vibrant and engaging response to the theme.'' ''The project enhanced my belief in the importance of animals in many people's lives. The exhibition features photography, collage, painting, print and mixed media artworks. Thank you to all involved and to staff and their families who contributed photos of their pets and animal stories for use as additional starting points for work made by patients.'' For more info contact

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Celebrating Patient Talent
Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre
Artwork by CF patient

Lime has an on-going partnership with the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre developing and managing a rolling programme of Artist Commissions focusing on engaging patients in creative self expression. A selection of artworks by patients have been enlarged and printed on the reverse of acrylic panels and are now exhibited in the entrance to the new Pearce Ward which opened in 2009.

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What Makes You Happy
Brownley Green Health Centre
Suspended artwork at the Vallance Centre by artists Stella Corrall and Adam Reynolds

LIME commissioned metal artist Adam Reynolds and plastics artist Stella Corrall to create artworks for Brownley Green Health Centre in Manchester. They ran creative sessions with the Centre's staff and people in the local community. At the beginning of the project they devised a postcard questionnaire asking staff and visitors to the Centre: 'What is your favourite colour and noise and what makes you happy?' Responses to these questions informed the Artists final designs. The Artists also worked with Year 9 students from Parklands High School (now an Academy) investigating wind blown seeds. With continued help from their art teacher, Mr. Christy Lyons, the students designed and created their own 'seeds' from various materials. They were also asked to look at words or activities that made them feel happy or healthy. The students were then asked to stand together with all their seeds, throw them in the air and see how well they flew! The seeds shapes and words used in the sculpture installation which grows and spreads throughout the Centre from the ground floor to the first floor up walls and across the ceiling are inspired by the student's efforts and are made from a mixture of metals and plastics. In addition to the sculpture installation, a textile banner and ceramic pieces were created for the Centre.

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Transforming the Children's Hydrotherapy Centre

The transformation of a clinical Children#&39s Hydrotherapy department through art and design. Place - Royal Manchester Children#&39s Hospital Lead artists - Lime Art Sound Artist - Andy Hodson Photographers Gill Brett and R.Ling Glass artists Amelia Skacill-Kelly and Alex Breen Sale Grammer school students and staff Royal Manchester Children#&39s Hospital staff and patients Funded by Thomas Cook Children#&39s Charity Supported by Royal Manchester Children#&39s Hospital Charity

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Arts in Health Lithuania
Lithuania presentation

Lime Director Brian Chapman presented to an international conference examining the benefits of integrating the arts into healthcare. The USA, Sweden and Ireland were also represented. The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius has been awarded the European Capital of Culture this year just as Liverpool was last year. As part of this special year they are exploring how to connect culture and health. A new Childrens Hospital is being built and they are keen to make it as inspiring and pleasant as possible for the staff, patients and families using it. Brian was also invited to the British Embassy and to visit and talk to the Lithuanian Parliament. The result was the formation of a multidisciplinary committee comprising health, education and culture. Their job will be to determine policy and support pilot projects. The visit was a great success and very helpful for a new developing democracy to see the potential for the arts to help with community engagement, hospital enhancement and the role of the arts in public health.

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SPECIAL LIME NEWS FEATURE: Major New Scheme of Artwork for Primary Care Centre's
Hospital Community and the Built Environment
Primary Care Centre Artwork

As part of the creation of new LIFT buildings at Radcliffe, Moorgate (Bury) and Ashton, Lime were commissioned by Community Solutions to work with local community, PCT, stakeholders and contractors to create a series of original and contemporary artwork, that is exciting, vibrant, modern and unique, but based around the participation of the communities that will make use of the buildings.

The project has taken over a year to complete, with involvement in the building design to allow artworks to best complement the spaces. The seven commissioned artists all undertook workshops to encourage participation by local communities and groups in the creation of the pieces, ranging from video artworks to atrium based and external sculptures. The result is a unique and extraordinary body of work that enhances each space it occupies, with future artworks planned in further health centres. Our thanks to the community groups, PCTs, BTG Community Solutions, Morgan Ashurst, Nightingale Associates, SMC DTR UK, and other stakeholders in working so hard to make these artworks a reality.


ARTIST: ADAM REYNOLDS 'Hemispherically Bury' is a huge steel sculpture rising three floors up the wall of the main entrance, which highlights the different aspects, people and landmarks in the local area. There are 10 unique hemispheres of differing sizes made up of small individual outline elements. Each dome celebrates something unique about Bury such as Bury Market, Bury Art Society, and the Steam Railway. Some of them are obvious and some, like a puzzle, need a bit of time to see what they are.


ARTIST:ROB VALE Participants were introduced to the idea of sculptural forms for film, then creating transformation and change with these models by reversing what had been filmed. Ten screens are spiralled around a central column, with imagery of reforming ice, fire reversing, ripples in water, smoke wisps undulating and plants growing or returning to life. This simple imagery highlights the elemental theme that runs throughout the building, with each floor as earth, wind, fire and water. The piece spirals upwards encouraging people to move around the central space to view each screen, creating a very elemental and poetic piece to be contemplated whilst waiting for appointments.

ARTIST:SUKI CHAN Following the buildings theme of the elements, participants were asked to imagine images that were reflected in raindrops. They drew these within droplet templates, which Suki then took and transformed into 800 beautiful multi-coloured raindrops resembling a series of clouds floating in the atrium space. The artwork is designed to work with the airy space and help contribute to a calming atmosphere. It is a central focus for the building, designed to be viewed from all levels and perspectives. The raindrops are made from different types of acrylics, ranging from opaque, semi-transparent to mirror. Each one spins, thus mediating the light in atrium. From a distance the artwork glistens as the raindrops catch the light, and on close inspection the designs from workshops can be seen 'reflected' in each one.

ARTIST:ADAM REYNOLDS For the external paved area of the building Adam has created a series of dramatic and imposing steel waves. These increase in size, as visitors approach the entrance of the building. Within each wave drawn images from the workshops have been transferred into brass buttons, carried along on the sides of the sculpture. In the evening the waves are lit up through lights from below creating a unique and iconic sculpture for Radcliffe. The piece can be seen to be washing up to and away from the new health centre, with each wave emerging though the paving, softening the surroundings and defining the building entrance.


ARTIST: STELLA CORRALL Ideas and themes arising from the workshops focused around the landscape and the sky. These used colour simply, whether this was as a gradual progression or flow of colours. From this Stella created the unique panels that you see here, with each containing colours from different parts of the day, reminiscent of sunrises and sunsets. The lights within each piece ebb and flow, altering the forms and creating patterns from the internal clear plastics, indicative of shapes,clouds and lines in the sky. By painstakingly crocheting each panel before pressing, colours have been carefully considered to gradually flow up, and along to create a sense of calm in the busy waiting areas.

ARTISTS: LIZ LOCKE AND MISHKA HENNER The inspiration for this series of hand -tinted images came from conversations with elderly members of the Khush Amdid group who meet regularly at the Holy Trinity Church in Ashton-under-Lyne. Floral patterns are integral to the rich variety of fabrics worn by them, as well as being rich in symbolism and meaning. With this in mind, the artists explored ways of combining flowers and floral patterns within portraits of young college goers at Tameside College. For Liz and Mishka, students represent an optimistic future, which we feel is a theme relevant and appropriate for display in a community room at the new health centre.

ARTIST: ROB VALE Participants were introduced to the idea of simple symbolic origami forms that would become the focus of each of the screen based artworks. Participants learned to make the origami crane, a traditional symbol of long life and happiness, then as they made it created simple stop-frame videos that allowed an insight into the process of film making, bringing the models to life.

ARIST: ADELA JONES During a series of workshops participants were invited to learn a new processes and contribute to the creation of a collection of garden inspired artworks. Adela was keen to create a project with a link to plants and gardens, aiming to create wall-based work that captured some of the energy generated in making the performance work that is her trademark.

The tasks set for the groups involved making tiny flower inspired finger costumes and swarms of bees each with a unique personality. The workshops were very well received, with participants with little or no experience of making art showing a real willingness to take part. The finished artwork makes use of the bees created in the workshops, placing them in quirky settings and locations, alongside images of the sewing work and the hands that created them.

For more information on any of the Primary Care Centre work above contact Rob Vale:

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New Manchester Hospitals Arts Programe
The Built Environment, Hospital Community

Artists Ray Smith, Andy Plant, Andy Small, Tony Stallard, Brian Chapman, Jane Parker & Fergus Channon, Lauren Sagar & Sharon Campbell, Richard Sharples, Opus glass design, Liquid Digital, Christian Ryan, Malcolm Glover and Nick Edwards are now developing high quality work for the New Hospitals Arts Programme in Central Manchester. The resulting work will be installed later this year and will represent photography, moving image, interactive, sculptural installations, works on glass and a tactile piece for people with visual impairment.

A special feature on this work will be included in the Lime news later this year.

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'Bored Nothing To Do'
Community and Public Health
'Bored Nothing to Do' publicity flyer

Lime's new theatre project, Bored. Nothing To Do is getting ready to tour to schools in Manchester in March and April.

The play highlights the issues around sexual health and alcohol misuse in young people and was written and devised by vulnerable young men from Wythenshawe in 2008, then adapted into a full script by local writer and poet Tony Sheppard. A group of young actors have now been recruited to perform the piece in schools and youth centres in Manchester alongside a two hour workshop enabling young people to explore the risks they may be taking with their personal health and safety, led by the young actors as they talk about the issues discussed in the theatre piece and the process they have gone through while making the performance.

For more information or to book a performance and workshop please contact Kim Wiltshire:

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CMMC Staff Member Exibits Artwork
Hospital Community
Photographic Artwork by Stephanie Haynes

A new exhibition by Stephanie Haynes is now showing by the Elective Treatment Centre in the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Stephanie has developed a career in finance within the NHS and has also spent much time experiencing hospitals as a patient undergoing neurosurgery.

Stephanie has felt bound up in the geography, history and culture of the hospital, and has mixed feelings about somewhere that has offered security, a sense of identity and companionship, but at the same time the stress and uncertainty of work. "I hope that visitors, whether patients, carers or families and friends, will appreciate through my photographs that they are entering a multi-faceted highly technical and scientific environment which does not fit the stereotypes seen on television, or perhaps their pre-conceptions. Some practises will be strange. Some outcomes will be unknown or unsatisfactory. Some treatments will fail. But the hospital's existence is testimony to the knowledge, resourcefulness and dedication of many generations, and to the ability of people to come together as a community." For more information contact Brian Chapman:

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60 year celebrations marked by new artwork
Hospital Community and Built Environment
Celebrating 60 years at teh Royal Oldham Hospital designed by Dawn Prescott

As part of the continuing celebration of 60 years of the NHS, Pennine Acute Trust wished to create some permanent displays that made use of archive images and key moments in the histories of their hospitals. Rob Vale and Dawn Prescott from Lime worked with groups at each of the four main Pennine sites, to collect images, stories and dates. These were then transformed into a set of four unique collages shaped as large 60s.

The images have been extremely well received as subtle but fascinating artworks that draw attention to the many changes the NHS and healthcare have gone through in each of Pennine Trust's localities. It is now hoped that further work can be undertaken at Oldham to develop a heritage project.

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Victoria Square Book Launched
Community and Public Health

The end of a twelve month project between Lime and Victoria Square came with the launch of the book Victoria Square 'The Dwellings' on December 17th 2008. The launch was attended by over one hundred people, including the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Mavis Smitheman, Cllr. Jim Battle, all the artists involved and Lime's director Brian Chapman.

The book was written by Kim Wiltshire, using stories from workshops and research sessions with the residents of Vic Sq. Barbara Pringle, resident and tenants association member, formed part of the core artistic team at Vic Sq, where over 50 residents contributed to the book through storytelling, writing, editing, photography or graphic design. Volunteer artist Jennifer Gosling provided illustrations whilst photographer Graeme Vaughan and designer Craig Bailey worked with the residents to get the look of the book just right. 600 copies of the book have been printed, with copies being sent to libraries and local schools. The book was funded by Arts Council England and POPPs.

For more information please contact Kim Wiltshire:

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Primary School loans artwork to Hospital
University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Artwork created by students at Springfield Primary School

Budding young artists at Springfield Primary School are lending a set of their recent paintings and prints to the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and staff.

Playful fish in all colours and sizes, tranquil trees and illuminated sunsets, flower bouquets, Eiffel Towers and abstract prints made in workshops with Sale Grammar School can be seen on the first and second floor corridors in the Acute Unit, Wythenshawe Hospital.

For more information email:

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Eclypse Family Team work with Lime Artist
Community and Public Health

Following the close work between Lime and Eclypse on the Losing It and Doctor Sober alcohol resources, the Family Team are working on an artistic experiment with Lime. Artist Mark Haig has become part of the team, working with them on a day to day basis and creating artistic opportunities with the team's clients. Work includes the plan for a 'Kid Parade' as well as animation work, photoshop calendars and VJ-ing at the Christmas Party. Mark and the Family Team will evaluate the benefits of working closely with an artist, for the team as well as the clients. Further info will be available from April.

For more on formation contact Kim Wiltshire:

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University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Artworl designed by patients in workshops lead by Diane Pagan

Artist Di Pagan has been exploring the creative potential of circles with patients and staff during January, February and March in the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Patients are working with Di to create CD sized mini masterpieces inspired by circles which are everywhere we look . . . biscuits, buttons, bottle tops, door knobs, coins, cups, clocks, wheels, rings, footballs . . . The finished collaged artworks will be fitted inside clear CD cases and collectively combined onto long panels. These colourful and detailed panels will then be exhibited in the new cystic fibrosis centre which is currently being built at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information email:

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Coulourful Curving Screens
The Palatine Centre Withington Community Hospital
Screens at the Palatine Centre by Stella Corral

Artist Stella Corrall has created colourful, curving screens for the waiting room of the Palatine Centre for contraceptive and sexual health at Withington Community Hospital. Stella designed and made the bespoke screens using her unique translucent pressed plastics fitted within a metal frame of interlocking curves. The screens provide privacy as well as adding colour and interest to the waiting room.

For more information email:

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The Amazing Dr Sober

The Amazing Doctor Sober launched on Wednesday 29th October with a Premiere at the Odeon Printworks, Manchester. This project is funded by Comic Relief, and explores issues around alcohol misuse for young people aged 10-14. There is a creative resource pack, a CD of resources and a DVD of a film made entirely by young people in Greater Manchester. The project took two years from start to finish, and has been supported by all 10 Greater Manchester young people's drug and alcohol services. It aims to give young people a chance to explore the social and emotional issues behind alcohol misuse in a creative way. The young people who had worked so hard on the film project travelled by Limo to the Printworks and were awarded with certificates to recognise their hard work on this long term project. The packs are now available to everyone in Greater Manchester and the North West. They are free, and there is also free training available for either healthcare professionals, teachers or anyone who works with young people, or workshop sessions for schools and youth groups, all subject to availability.

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Lime is a winner at the 2008 Building Better Healthcare Awards
Thermal imaging installation by Unusual Creative based at

Lime won this years Award for Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare at the Building Better Healthcare Awards 08. It was won in partnership with MAST LIFTCO and the Manchester PCT for arts projects at new health facilities in Ancoats, Cheetham Hill and Brunswick. This prestigious award was presented at a ceremony at the Brewery in London on 13th November. Congratulations to all involved especially Lime Project Manager Rob Vale.

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Losing It wins it!

Losing It won a highly commended award in the North West Public Health Awards 2008 within the arts category. It was a film making project focussed on alcohol misuse issues. The project involved young people in Manchester in creative writing, acting and film making to address problems around alcohol consumption.

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Sale Grammar School Brings Life to Waiting Room

Sale Grammar School Year 12 students have created original artworks for the therapeutic, counselling and waiting areas within the Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre (part of University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust). At the beginning of the project students along with their Art Teachers visited the Centre and met with the specialist breast care nurses who provide health information, support and counselling. The brief for students was to create artworks which would 'bring life into the space' along the suggested themes of growth and nature. The finished artworks including engravings, photography, textiles and collages now enhance the atmosphere, making it warm, welcoming and intriguing for patients, visitors and staff. This project with Sale Grammar School, a specialist school in the Visual Arts, is part of an ongoing partnership linking the school with Lime and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. Lime works closely with the school's Community Coordinator, Ms Clare Bedford. The artworks have been kindly donated by each student and funding for the cost of framing was raised by the Genesis Appeal. The project has also attracted interest from the production company Centini who have been following the project for a mini TV documentary that will celebrate and focus upon young people doing great things for their local community.

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The Booze Buzz

The Booze Buzz project was developed through a partnership between the Director for Health Improvement for Greater Manchester, Lime and The Greater Manchester Arts and Health Network. Creative practitioners Phil Burgess and Nicky Duirs led this experimental project managed by Brian Chapman, Director of Lime. The aim was to creatively involve people in a debate around alcohol issues. The project engaged with 400 people over three months in Manchester, Stockport, Bolton and Oldham and brought together local authority arts officers, alcohol leads in public health and the artists to co-design the programme. The project was given a two page profile in the Manchester Evening News.

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A new Fanzine for young people in Salford, by young people in Salford was launched on 10th November. Called FKD (Furthering Knowledge and Development) the magazine gives practical advice to young people about alcohol misuse, drugs and sexual health. Funded by Comic Relief and Salford Drug and Alcohol Team, the project was a partnership between Lime, SMART and Salford Teenage Pregnancy. Graphic designer Jacqui Symons and writer Kim Wiltshire worked with young people in Salford to produce a mag that could help inform other vulnerable young people in Salford.

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Double Bill of Photography Installed in Oldham and North Manchester

A newly commissioned series of photographic artworks have been unveiled at the Victoria Suite, Oldham Hospital, and in the Gamma camera room at NMGH for Pennine Acute Trust. Artist Chris Foster was commissioned to create a series of artworks around a theme of water for Oldham designed to create a calming and contemplative feel to the unit. Working with manager Julie Smith, Chris held a series of sessions with staff and patient representatives to help to decide on the imagery, before finally printing the photos on to large canvasses. At North Manchester a selection of images from Chris's travels to Asia were selected and installed on walls and in the ceiling above the scanner itself. Staff opted for black and white images, referencing the gamma unit as being itself an image making camera.

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New Artwork just in at the Cecilia Centre

A new exhibition of more than 30 original artworks by Sale Grammar School students has now arrived at the Cecilia Centre part of the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. Sale Grammar School has been exhibiting their artwork in the Cecilia Centre since 2003, when this treatment and information Centre for people diagnosed with lung cancer opened. From the very beginning staff were keen to include artwork in their new building and positively welcomed the opportunity to form an on-going partnership with staff and students at the School.

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Exploring Dreams at the Cystic Fibrosis Centre

During November and December Visual Artist Di Pagan is working with cystic fibrosis patients who are having an extended stay in hospital, exploring their unique world of dreams. Each patient is being encouraged to develop their individual ideas and experiment with this abstract theme. One patient is working with her oxygen level graphs recorded during REM sleep as inspiration for creating artwork using printing techniques. Another patient is collaging outline figures to represent her family who appear silhouetted in her dreams. A selection of the finished pieces will be exhibited within the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre. Joan Fitzjohn, Senior Social Worker for the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre had this to say on the benefits to patients: 'It is great that our patients have the opportunity, if they wish, to explore creatively their thoughts and concerns which can be generated by their long term hospitalisation. Hopes, fears, frustrations and humour are expressed via the Arts and often this enables discussion of difficult topics.

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Manchester Faces

Lime has recently worked in collaboration with NOWGEN, Centre for Genetics in Healthcare, to install a fascinating exhibition in a hospital public space. The exhibition of ten digital portrait images was the result of a research project that made composite faces taken from hundreds of photos of Manchester people morphed together to create the Typical face of Manchester.

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'Creating Colour, Weaving Landscapes'
Artworks for Forum Health, Wythenshawe
Suspended plastic artwork by Stella Corrall

Artist Stella Corrall created 12 artworks made of colourful translucent and flexible plastics for Forum Health in Wythenshawe. They are suspended from the ceiling in the Centre's light filled 10 metre high atrium entrance space. The suspended artworks measuring 300cm x 50 cm each are hung in 4 groupings, reflecting the seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

As part of the project Stella Corrall along with artist Diane Pagan ran workshops with two local schools, Parklands High School and Newall Green High School. The 30 students who participated each created their own individual collaged and woven artwork which is now framed and permanently exhibited within the Forum Health Centre.

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Staff artistic talent showcased
University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
'Lake Garda' photograph by Gill Brett 'Lake Garda Sirmione' photograph by Gill Brett

Gill Brett, a Radiographer who works at the Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre, is also a highly accomplished and award winning photographer in her free time.

Lime worked with Gill to select four more of her stunning images from around the world which have now been enlarged and are permanently displayed in the Nightingale Centre, including one of the patient Mammography rooms.

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4 project case studies higlighting key aspects within areas of practice and outcomes
Lime Project Case Studies

Lime receives an increasing number of requests for project information from a broad spectrum of artists, students, health care professionals, arts professionals, community groups...the list goes on. To meet this need we have selected 4 projects and compiled individual case studies for each aiming to share valuable lessons in practice/ outcomes by highlighting aspects of each project.

Navigate to the project case study page and download the full case study by clicking the links below

THE MANCHESTER ADULT CYSTIC FIBROSIS PROJECT CASE STUDY A creative programme working with CF patients, staff and volunteers spanning 15 years.

THE NIGHTINGALE CENTRE AND GENISIS PREVENTION CENTRE PROJECT CASE STUDY A series of arts commissions for a new breast cancer care and prevention centre in Manchester.

'LOSING IT' PROJECT CASE STUDY A pilot film making project aimed at and made by young people about issues surrounding alcohol.

ASHTON AND RADCLIFFE PRIMARY CARE CENTRE'S A commission to integrate a scheme of contemporary and bespoke artworks within 2 new Primary Care Health Centre's

This is an initiative supported and funded by the Arts Council of England

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The Night Shift
A night time photographic project
Night time photograph by Melissa Laishley

As part of the arts activity across Pennine Acute Trust, recently graduated artist Melissa Laishley has been working with staff during night time shifts to create unusual portraits that highlight their movement around a space, referencing the 24 hour activity that takes place in busy hospitals. Wearing custom made sleeves of LED lights, Melissa is working with staff from varied departments, to develop movements across a camera frame with an open shutter of about 6 seconds, rather than a split second as in a normal image. The movement of the participant leaves coloured light traces on the image, drawing in three dimensions their movement. Work is taking place across all sites, and large scale images will be generated for display in the four Pennine Hospitals.

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Commemorative Garden Project
New Central Manchester Children's Hospital
Commenorative Garden Project Workshop lead by Jem Waygood

Lime in collaboration with landscape artists, Eaton Waygood Associates, is coordinating the design and build of a special commemorative garden space adjacent to the new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. The design will develop through participatory events and workshops with parents and family members of children who have sadly died whilst in hospital. The family members are representatives from the former Booth Hall Children's Hospital, The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (Pendlebury) and St. Mary's Hospital but the garden will be for all; past, present and future families. Foe more info contact

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Inspiring Artwork by Eye Hospital Patients
Painters with a rare eye disorder
Painting by patient and artist Charles McDonald

A new collection of donated paintings has recently been installed in three waiting areas within clinics A, B, C and J of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. They are all by patients who have attended the Eye Hospital and are three members of the same family, brothers Charles and Geoff Macdonald and their sister Jean Howarth. They share the inherited eye disorder, pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) which is a rare connective tissue disorder effecting one in 100,000 people. This condition in the eye means there is little or no central vision. __These painting are therefore a labour of love and a testament to the artist's determination to create things of beauty despite their disability. For more info email

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Macmillan Cancer Care Centre
Leighton Hospital Crewe
Photographic artwork by Helen Kitchen

The newly opened Macmillan Cancer Care Centre at Leighton Hospital Crewe caters for a spectrum of cancers. The art and design brief was to enhance the environment of the waiting areas, counselling and therapy rooms as well as the corridors connecting these areas. The majority of the finished artworks are photographic based using imagery from the natural world - plants , growth and vibrant colour. Colourful drawings of plants and handmade paper designs by Sale Grammar School are also exhibited and 'Small Pleasures' a playful textile by artist Anne Menary hangs in one of the treatment rooms. Five photo montage panels incorporating images of trains and train journeys by photographers Sara and David Evans line one of the corridors within the centre. Photographer Gill Brett's 'Maldives Golden Hour' creates a calming atmosphere within the main waiting room.__The Macmillan Cancer Care Centre at Leighton Hospital achieved the new national Macmillan Quality Environment Mark which was launched at the Tate Modern on 14th January 2010. For more information contact

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Vallance Centre
NHS Manchester
Suspended artwork at the Vallance Centre by artists Stella Corrall and Adam Reynolds

Artists Stella Corrall and Adam Reynolds recently completed their beautiful large scale suspended artwork for the Vallance Centre. Working with participants from staff, patient groups, parent groups and Medlock Primary School they have collaborated to create a faceted window piece based around the weather, which interacts with the sunlight coming into the waiting area through the large windows. Snowflakes, rainbow, lightning, sun and rain motifs have been watercut into a combination of Adam's metalwork and Stella's bespoke plastics, creating an uplifting artwork that looks at themes of change and transformation. Further works are displayed on the upstairs corridor space. For more info contact

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'Saggy Boobs' to be published
'Saggy Boobs' artwork by Lou Gardiner

'Saggy Boobs and other breastfeeding myths', a quirky and humorous book debunking some of the commonly held beliefs about breastfeeding was successfully launched earlier in the year. The collaboration between infant feeding coordinator Val Finigan MBE and Lime, with incredible embroidered illustrations by Lou Gardiner has been extremely well received, picking up an award from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity at Westminster. We are happy to report that 'Saggy Boobs' is now to be published through Pinter and Martin Publishers, allowing a potentially worldwide uptake, with strong interest already being shown from various NHS trusts around the country.

Two further books are now in development, so watch this space for further news.

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The Consortium for Participatory Arts Learning

Lime is a member of C-pal, the Consortium for Participatory Arts Learning. C-pal was set up and funded by Arts Council England, North West and is a group of regularly funded participatory led organisations across the North West. The main remit is skills development for people who are currently working or want to work in the participatory arts sector. It also provides a network to share ideas and issues and explore the development of the sector. Current members of the consortium are Action Factory, Community Arts North West (CAN), Cartwheel Arts, Full Circle Arts, Hope Street, Mid-Pennine Arts, LIME, Osun Arts, Prescap, TiPP, More Music and Lanternhouse International. For more information go to

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Curious Creatures by Richard Sharples
Part of the New Central Manchester Hospital Development

Located at the new Children's Hospital site this playful piece features an array of animals; rope monkeys, a giant fish, butterflies emerging from the wall and some unusual metallic birds. Yet to be installed is a tree with a shadow in the form of a horse. Richard has also made a troupe of burrowing gofers, a flock of escaping butterflies and a quirky aquarium whereby fish heads protrude through the tank glazing.

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Sarship X-Ray
Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital Radiology Dept Arts Project
Reception Raybots CT Scanner Ultra sound X-Ray Entrance

Starship X-ray is an art and design project exploring ways of creating a child friendly clinical hospital space through the innovation and imagination of artists working with patients and staff.

Staff and children requested the theme of SPACE. There are nine camera rooms in the department and nine planets in the solar system. Each room became a re-imagined planet, for example Neptune is the Planet Of Oceans Reception is the Starship Bridge and the journey is to the planets in the company of little robots. These Raybots are small models made by the children and staff with bits of old computer tech. The staff also helped children to make X-ray images of their toys that were used in the design work.

The transformation of this department is making an impact on patient care and saving staff time through the art proving a useful distraction and engagement points for the children.

The project was generously funded by the Thomas Cook Childrens Charity. This sponsorship agreement was negotiated by the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital Charities

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Lime scoops two national awards
Starship X-Ray, Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital

On the 5th November 2014 Lime Art won two Building Better Healthcare national awards in conjuction with the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Starship X-Ray won the Best Collaborative Arts Project in the patient experience category and a special award over all catagories, the Patient Choice award, Building Better Healthcare Awards. This was in competition with over 200 national and international applications.

The judges had this to say:

"This project is an imaginative and innovative scheme that has integrated art into the design of a children’s X-ray department, providing distraction and making visits full of interest. The scheme is already bringing positive benefits to children, families and staff.

The project was generously funded by the Thomas Cook Childrens Charity, negotiated by the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital Charities Team.

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