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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We are hiring! Communications Officer (part time)

Job post: Communications Officer (part time) at People’s Palace Projects 11-month fixed-term contract initially 15 hours per week (flexible working hours) Based on QMUL Mile End Campus, East London Salary: £25,000-£26,450 gross FTE IMPORTANT UPDATE: we are postponing our deadline FOR APPLYING until Wednesday, 25th March, 5pm for the position of Communication Officer here at […]


Photos: Beyond Exchange Kick Off Weekend

This July we kicked off Beyond Exchange, a project taking to the next step the innovations in creative practices advanced through research on UK/Brazil exchanges THE ART OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE. The hub and training programme will enable young local producers in Rio de Janeiro, consumers and makers of policy in the cultural sector to construct […]


The Art of Cultural Exchange – English book is out!

Cultural exchange is an important means by which nations and communities translate themselves and are in turn translated by others. Can cultural exchange be understood as a mutual act of translation? Or are elements of a country’s cultural identity inevitably lost in the act of exchange? People’s Palace Projects is proud to announce its latest […]


Resisting violence, creating dignity: negotiating Violence Against Women and Girls through community history-making in Rio de Janeiro

Funded by the British Academy and Newton Fund, this new research is led by King’s College (Professor Cathy McIlwaine), with co-investigation led by Queen Mary University of London (Professor Paul Heritage) and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Prof. Miriam Krenzinger) and Redes da Mare (Eliana Sousa Silva). It opens a new string of research […]


The Sacred Cave of Kamukuwaká

In September 2018, as part of PPP’s The Challenge of the Xingu project, an expedition to the sacred cave of Kamukuwaká organised with members of the Wauja community, specialists from Factum Foundation and an independent team of Brazilian anthropologists, found its ancient petroglyphs had been systematically destroyed (click here for more info). Chisel marks, a chipped […]


Xingu Encounter

According to the indigenous Kuikuro people in Brazil, artists are itseke, powerful spirits of invisible knowledge. The Kuikuro are a community of around 800 people who live in the upper reaches of the Xingu River, Amazon Region. The Xingu Indigenous Park is a protected territory of more than 2.6 million hectares and home to 16 indigenous peoples, […]

Photo by AF Rodrigues

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

+44 (0)207 882 5618