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


The Encounter: Fundraising Q&A on Wednesday 20 May 2020

Fundraising Q&A with Paul Heritage, QMUL Professor of Drama and Director of People’s Palace Projects, indigenous filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro and actor Simon McBurney from the award-winning show The Encounter. On Wednesday, 20 May, at 7:30pm (BTS), Paul Heritage will take part in an online live discussion event and public Q&A with actor Simon McBurney and […]


Webinar on Indigenous Research Methodologies, 11 May 2020

On behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), People’s Palace Projects organised a webinar on Indigenous engagement in research partnerships and knowledge mobilisation on 11 May 2020. You can watch the full webinar on the video below. Following the success of the Indigenous Research Methodologies […]


COVID-19 and Brazil

In the face of the crisis, People’s Palace Projects is working closely with some of its Brazilian partners. These community-led organisations have been taking matters into their own hands in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus to the most vulnerable in their communities. Favela residents and indigenous people are among those most […]


Resisting violence, creating dignity

Negotiating Violence Against Women and Girls through community history-making in Rio de Janeiro This new research project, funded by the British Academy and Newton Fund, is led by Cathy McIlwaine (King’s College London), in collaboration with Paul Heritage (Co-Investigator, Queen Mary University of London/People’s Palace Projects), Miriam Krenzinger (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and […]


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