Welcome to the Lime Art Portal

An online creative space for staff at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Register as a Lime Arts member and access free workshops. You can also submit and share artwork with other members of our MFT creative community.


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Create+ is an arts project that uses creative activity as a tool to improve self-care and wellbeing for MFT staff who are returning to work after long term sick leave (exceeding 12weeks), and staff who are in work but who need some ‘time out’ due to high levels of stress/anxiety.

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Team Building: Creative Wellbeing Workshops for MFT Staff


“Thanks for the session with the team – I have had such great feedback, they have said it is the best team building exercise they have done. As we are…

Wed 19 Oct 2022 – Fri 31 Mar 2023

The Lime Arts Studio

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MFT managers find out how Create+ can support your staff

Create.Connect.Unwind Festival May 2022 – Dandiya Indian Dance Workshop

Break the Silence @ Create.Connect.Unwind Festival – Spoken Word, Poetry and Flash Fiction

Create.Connect.Unwind Festival May 2022 – Harpist Rebecca Mills

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Thank you for inviting me to your symposium, what a wonderful and fabulous end it was to my week. I was filled with such hope and positivity. I hope you have had time to reflect on your great achievements, I wish I could attend all of your events!

Education Officer, Hot Bed Press, Salford, CCU Symposium 2022

Thank you to the Lime Arts team for planning, hosting and delivering an absolutely amazing event over the last three days.

Executive Director of Workforce and Corporate Business, CCU Symposium 2022

Congratulations on the event. It is very exciting to see all that is happening in Greater Manchester around the arts, health and wellbeing agenda.

Producer, Big Anxiety Festival, Australia, CCU Festival 2022

The new arts centre is a really relaxing space. It is so important to make the distinction between the hospital and Lime so you can switch off from work. Thanks to all the team for making it such a welcoming place!

Counselling Coordinator, Macmillan

Spending time doing something creative and new was really calming. Having the opportunity to do this for free is very valuable to me.

Speech Therapist

Thank you for putting on such a brilliant festival. It was a true celebration of creativity and such a great opportunity for staff and visitors to connect and network. I personally met so many interesting and influential people.

Practice Education Facilitator, Hot Bed Press, Salford, CCU Festival 2022

I came away from the workshop with a huge sense of achievement and feeling of calm.

Biomedical Scientist

I was honoured to open the Symposium that brought the culmination of the event to a conclusion. You should be very proud of the way you have planned and delivered a programme of support for our staff and patients over such a long period of time. You are indeed a jewel in the MFT crown.

Kathy Cowell OBE, MFT Trust Chairman, CCU Symposium 2022

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to create some art after a stressful day at work. It helped me relax, put things into perspective, and helped me reflect on how I’ve been feeling. Everyone should try this!

Macmillan Matron

I enjoyed learning new things about schools of art, ‘playing’ with collage, complete distraction from everyday stresses. It was perfect. I very much enjoyed the session and the facilitator was gentle, encouraging, reassuring and interesting.

Well-being Counselling Service Manager, Trafford General Hospital

After a stressful, busy, no stop day at work, and a stressful time in my life also, it was perfect to sit and do something I would never normally do, and to use my hands and a part of my brain that I miss using

Counsellor, SARC, St Mary’s Hospital

It is a great thing you give to staff. You can lose yourself in the moment.

Medical Secretary, Neurology

It was a safe space to be creative, I could relax without worrying that I wasn’t doing something right.

Medical Technical Officer, Audiology

It was great to take some time out and be creative. It’s something that I’ve really missed!! and making time to do this activity was so beneficial. I came away from the session feeling recharged and just feeling really positive. I really enjoyed it!!

Senior Corporate Fundraising Manager

I loved the safe quiet gentle space with kind caring creative people. Alison the artist was amazing and inspiring! Lime staff were just lovely

Speech & Language Therapist, Trafford Local Care Organisation

I lost myself in the moment. Time just disappeared whilst my mind was focusing on my art work

Business Director, Wythenshawe Hospital


Create+ 6 week workshop prgramme for MFT staff – Mask making with artist Lucy Burscough
Create+ participant blockprinting at the Lime Studio with artist Colette Whittingtion
Art Workshop
A student nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary joins a Lime printmaking workshop.
SODEXO Self - Portraits with The Singh Twins
The Singh Twins at Manchester Art Gallery during the SODEXO staff self-portraits project
SODEXO Self - Portraits with The Singh Twins
Manchester Art Gallery Curator Fiona Corridan introduces SODEXO staff to artwork in the Grayson Perry exhibition
Q + A at Manchester Art Gallery with The Singh Twins + SODEXO staff
Manchester Art Gallery Curator Fiona Corridan leads a fascinating Q+A with The Singh Twins and SODEXO staff about the twins new work ‘NHS V’s Covid19
SODEXO Self-Portraits with The Singh Twins
Guided by The Singh Twins, SODEXO staff develop self-portraits depicting aspects of their personality, identity and heritage at the Lime Arts studio
SODEXO Self - Portraits with The Singh Twins
Intense concentration as SODEXO staff work on their self-portraits with The Singh Twins

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