How do people transform their worlds through creativity and the arts? What difference can art make for those who live in situations of risk, violence and crisis? Who are the artists on the peripheries of our societies and how are they working to bring about change?

People’s Palace Projects seeks to ask these questions through participatory arts projects, performances, educational initiatives and debates. We bring artists, activists, academics and audiences together for projects that address a wide range of social justice and human rights issues.

People’s Palace Projects is based in the Drama Department of Queen Mary University of London in the city’s East End, and has worked with a wide range of local communities.

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Executive Summary of SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

90 days have passed since the assassination of Rio city councillor Marielle Franco. The person or persons responsible for her summary execution have still to be identified. To mark this moment, People’s Palace Projects publishes an executive summary of Someone to watch over me– a two year research project by Eliana Silva (Redes da Maré/Federal […]


BBC World Service: The Voices of the Amazon

Click here to listen to The Voices of the Amazon, BBC World Service radio programme tracing a day in Takumã Kuikuro’s life in the Ipatse Village, home of the Kuikuro people in the Xingu region. You can also watch the 2-minute video The Jungle Hooked On Their Phones, produced by BBC to promote the radio show. The […]


Tate Exchange – Mapping the Kuikuro Community

Join us for a series of events around the arts exchanges with the Kuikuro indigenous people of Xingu, as part of Tate Exchange week ‘Producing Memory: maps, materials, belongings’, with artists and researchers from Queen Mary University of London, from 1 to 6 May. For more information, visit: From Monday 1 to Sunday 6 […]


The Challenge of the Xingu: Indigenous cultures in the Museum of the Future

PPP is extending its relationship with AIKAX (Association of Indigenous Peoples of the Upper Xingu) and Associate Artist Takumã Kuikuro in an exciting new digital project in partnership with Factum Arte/Factum Foundation, The Horniman Museum and Gardens,  Mesosfera, Playground Entertainment and WeSense. It aims to combine the digital data capture associated with world-leading cultural conservation practice (such as […]


Metamorphosis: Audiencing Atmospheres

PPP is delighted to be partnering on this new digital project, led by Dr Martin Welton (QMUL Drama) in collaboration with RIFT, one of the leading immersive theatre companies in the UK: and with fellow QMUL researchers Prof Pat Healey (Electronic Engineering) and Dr Pen Woods (Drama). Metamorphosis: Audiencing Atmospheres is a practice-based research project that seeks to take advantage […]


Relative Values

Relative Values is a research project led by Paul Heritage at People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Bringing together academic and non-academic partners, the research asks how we can measure and strengthen practices and policies that maximise the social and economic value of the arts to individuals […]

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People's Palace Projects
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS

+44 (0)207 882 5618