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


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 […]


People of Letters workshop, Weston Library, 16th May 2019

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 […]


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, […]


Beyond Exchange

This project continues a collaboration between Paul Heritage, Leandro Valiati and two partner cultural NGO’s in Rio de Janeiro: Agência de Redes para Juventude and Redes da Maré. The main focus of these two organisations is on delivering significant economic, social, cultural and welfare impacts in socially vulnerable territories as well as stimulating and contributing actively […]


Museum of Colour – People of Letters

People of Letters is the pilot project for Museum of Colour, a digital museum focused on the creative journeys of British people of colour.  The gallery is curated by David A. Bailey and the portrait subjects selected by Joy Williams and Samenua Sesher. The project celebrates how writers of colour in the U.K have been […]

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