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British Academy Innovation Fellowship

Researching the benefits of participatory arts in healthcare settings

In March 2022, Dr Kim Wiltshire, Reader in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University, was awarded a British Academy Innovation Fellowship to work with Lime exploring how to further embed the arts into healthcare settings.

Kim has worked with Lime since 2004, coming in as an artist on the mental health community project Pathways whilst completing her PhD; she moved on to being Lead Artist and then Community Arts Project Manager for several years. When she moved to Edge Hill full time, she continued her association with Lime, sitting on its advisory board and working in collaboration on some of her theatre projects, such as the multimedia show Project XXX (2014).

Having contributed to the Create.Connect.Unwind project as an artist, Kim applied for the BA Fellowship to enable her to work more strategically with Lime. Through this project she is supporting the extension of the CCU programme with the innovative and pioneering staff arts referral project, Create+ and further researching the benefits of participatory arts in healthcare settings with Lime’s other projects.

The final outcome of the Innovation Fellowship will be a book co-authored with Lime Director Dawn Prescott that brings together the findings from this project and explores creative intervention strategies for arts and health projects – so watch this space!