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


SCAR – An installation by Bia Lessa at Women Of the World Festival

We invite you to join us for SCAR, an audiovisual installation bringing new perspectives to a subject that continues to define the situation of women in the 21st century: violence. Based on a research with over 800 women who live in Maré, Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela complex, Scar was created by genre-defining Brazilian artist […]


Article on public security in Rio de Janeiro: THE STATE WE ARE IN

*By Eliana Sousa Silva, social activist, academic and founder of Redes da Maré. Originally published on the biggest newspaper in Brazil, O Globo, in Portuguese. Read here Armed conflicts resulting in death have become an everyday occurrence in the State of Rio de Janeiro.  The scale of the violence perplexes, revolts and overwhelms us with […]


Third artist selected for Britain to Brazil artistic residency!

PPP and British Council are thrilled to announce our third selected artist for the “Air B2B: Britain to Brazil” artistic residencies: British-born Ghanaian poet, writer and filmmaker Victoria Adukwei Bulley .  She is set to spend a month at Sacatar Foundation (Bahia, Northeast Brazil) and at Casa Rio (Rio de Janeiro), in April 2018. An […]


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