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 […]


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 […]


Counting Culture

Leandro Valiati of NECCULT (UFRGS) will undertake a two year British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London/People’s Palace Projects with Paul Heritage from September 2018 until September 2020, developing a research study on the British policy model for Creative Industries and undertaking a comparative analysis of the sectoral policy adopted by Brazil. There […]

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People's Palace Projects
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Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS

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