LIME: Arts and Health

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Lime is an Arts for Health charity that runs arts project in the hospital environment with staff and patients across MFT.

Established in 1973 Lime boasts international recognition for a diverse projects portfolio that spans over 40 years.

Lime’s work is driven by the belief that creativity has a powerful role to play in self-determination, well-being and the health of society. Lime projects compliment delivery of excellent clinical care and transform healthcare environments to enhance quality of life, for thousands of NHS staff and patients, every year.

Lime’s artistic programme has national and international recognition for its long standing commitment to diverse artistic commissioning and inclusive, process driven modes of engagement.  These commitments ensure high quality artistic output, but also, present major stakeholders, sponsors and donors, an opportunity to invest in projects with lasting legacies, which guarantee excellent value for money.

The programme includes:

Environmental Arts Programme

Lime transforms hospital spaces into therapeutic environments. Our expert team coordinates artistic commissioning of high profile artist and designers who work closely with patients, service users and staff to carefully develop bespoke artwork that are tailored to support the complexities and needs of your service.

“Children can now better cope with fear and anxiety associated with the hospital environment and radiological procedures. Thank you LIME Arts for making our children happier and my job much more enjoyable

Rui M. F. Santos (MD) Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester, UK

Participatory Art Programme

We coordinate and deliver multidisciplinary art projects on the wards and at the bedsides of patients across MFT adult services. Sessions are delivered by specialised Arts and Health practitioners; who are equipped with skills and expertise to sensitively engage staff and patients, in complex hospital settings. Our participatory projects promote staff and patient wellbeing and are tailored to complement and support delivery of your services.

RMCH Music for Health

A specialist music team deliver multiple music projects and host music residencies and work sensitively in the wards and at the bedside with children, young people, families and staff at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The Music for Health team also delivers accredited training for music and medical students at The Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Manchester Medical School.

Artist in Residence Programme

Artist in Residence work closely with staff and patient groups to explore, through the process of printmaking, how the arts can address current NHS priorities and aim to improve the delivery of services.

This strand of work is Arts Council Funded. 

Onsite Hospital Printmaking Studio.

Our printmaking studio is a unique creative space where MFT staff can access high quality art activity, including drop in printmaking workshops and demonstrations led by leading artists and printmakers from across the UK.  We run printmaking sessions too support staff away days, team building, CPD and the staff wellbeing agenda.

Lime has received numerous awards and recognition, including, in recent years, a Highly Commended award from the Design and Health International Academy, multiple Building Better Healthcare awards including, the international category ‘Patient Choice’ award and ‘Best Collaborative Arts Project’ award, the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply award and a Commendation from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity at Westminster.

Lime Team

Lime Art Programme Director – Dawn Prescott

Arts Project Manager – Sally Thelwell

Music for Health Project Manager – Kate Catling

Participatory Arts + Performance Programme Manager – Kate Hartwell

Administrator – position vacant

Contact us

If you would like to know more and/or discuss a project please get in touch.

All Lime art and music projects are supported through charitable funding.  


Phone: 0161 276 5839

Follow us on Insta + Twitter :  @limearthealth

(Please note : Lime’s new website is currently under construction.)