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.
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 […]
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 […]
An informal discussion on how we access information about and by historic writers of colour in our nations’ archives. People of Letters is the first gallery in the Museum of Colour, a digital museum exploring and celebrating the achievements of creatives of colour in film, television and the arts. This specific project is looking at […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]