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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Announced: 2nd artist selected for Air B2B artistic residency in Brazil

PPP and British Council are excited to announce the award of the second “Air B2B: Britain to Brazil” artistic residencies to Gemma Kerr: director, theatre-maker, teacher, script reader, and dramaturg. She is set to spend a month in Rio de Janeiro, in November 2017. Gemma is co-Director of High Hearted Theatre which she runs with writer […]


OPEN CALL: 3rd artistic residency in Brazil offered to UK based artists

British Council Brazil and People’s Palace Projects are offering a year’s programme of three residencies for 3 UK based emerging artists in Brazil, produced by Casa Rio (PPP do Brasil’s artist residency space, Rio de Janeiro) to take place between September 2017 and April 2018. To apply for the third residency, in association with Instituto Sacatar, […]


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 […]


Xingu Residency – September 2017: The Currency of Cultural Exchange

According to the indigenous Kuikuro people in Brazil, artists are itseke, powerful spirits of invisible knowledge. As part of its commitment to explore the special way in which artists ‘know’ the world, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is building a unique research project with the Kuikuro which asks how we can measure the value […]


Xingu Residency – May 2017: Utopias (Creative Lab)

Utopias (Creative Lab) was a two-week artistic residency wherein Takumã Kuikuro, an indigenous filmmaker from the Brazilian Xingu territory, collaborated with British digital technology artist Adam Lowe (director of Factum Foundation) and Jerry Brotton (scholar in cartographic history at Queen Mary, University of London) in his village located in the heart of the Mato Grosso region of Brazil. The […]

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

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