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.

What's On


Event “My story, My Words” at the Department for Education, 7th March

IF PEOPLE WERE REALLY LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE TO SAY? We’d like to invite you to join us for the event ‘My Story, My Words’, hosted by the Minister for Children, Nadhim Zahawi at the Department of Education UK. Booking is essential through Evenbrite. Click here to secure a place. Young people from Wandsworth […]


We’re recruiting! Project Coordinator: People of Letters

We are recruiting for a fixed term post to coordinate the PEOPLE OF LETTERS which is the first public phase of the Museum of Colour project. It is produced by People’s Palace Projects (Project Manager: Samenua Sesher) in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum and Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford Gardens, Libraries and Museums).  It is supported by The National […]


THE XINGU EXPERIENCE: 15th & 16th December 2018

Join us on an electrifying journey into the very heart of Brazil, and spend a day at the Ipatse village, home of the Kuikuro indigenous people of the Xingu, in the Amazon region. Using exciting augmented reality and video technologies, you will meet face to face with the Kuikuro, a community of around 800 people who live in […]


Contemporary Narratives Laboratory

  Artists and journalists construct narratives that help us understand the world and shape our sense of reality, but digital technologies are having a profound and challenging impact on the way in which stories are produced and experienced. As researchers try to understand why some narratives thrive in the public sphere regardless of the quality of evidence behind them, artists and journalists […]


Building the Barricades

This research aims to understand the impact of armed conflict on the mental health and wellbeing of people living in the context of violence in the Complex of Maré – a conglomeration of 16 peripheral communities in Rio de Janeiro with a population of over 140,000 people*. By focusing on Brazil – a Lower-Middle Income Country in […]



Stages is a practice-based enquiry into how performance can be used to stimulate reflection on “othering” processes in society that lead to discrimination, violence and social exclusion.  It is led at PPP by project director Shana Swiss. Using the Ten Stages of Genocide (from Genocide Watch) as the catalyst for dramatic content, each group collaboratively creates […]

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

+44 (0)207 882 5618