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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OCA RED: Living Beyond the End of the World – Xingu at La Biennale di Venezia

Filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro, in collaboration with ACASAGRINGOCARDIA studio and People’s Palace Projects/QMUL, takes the Brazilian Amazon to the heart of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. 22 May, 2021- The immersive audio-visual installation OCA RED invites the world to connect to the Xingu way of life, celebrating indigenous, communal ways of […]


Statement: Covid-19 in Brazil

How People’s Palace Projects has adapted its work during COVID-19 in one of the most affected countries in the world – Brazil – and why we have to carry on. March, 2021 – People’s Palace Projects has a long history working with vulnerable people in Brazil, from prisons, to favelas and indigenous territories. Now, with […]


Send a Smile!

With One Voice, Rio homeless choir, takes part in a global postcard project.   February 2021- Members of With One Voice, a choir of people who have experienced homelessness in Rio de Janeiro, were invited to take part in the global project Send a Smile. They  gathered (socially-distanced and masked) at the Museum of Tomorrow […]



Improving the wellbeing of people with psychosis in Pakistan and India through a participatory theatre technique. Using a technique created by Brazilian theatre-maker and activist Augusto Boal in the 1970’s, People’s Palace Projects will lead participatory arts work with local partners organisations in India and Pakistan to better understand and  improve the lives and wellbeing of […]


Respect Due – Museum of Colour

An online museum celebrating the contributions of people of colour to the UK’S creative industries from 1766 – 2016. Museum of Colour (MoC) is a heritage and creativity social enterprise currently incubated at People’s Palace Projects. It is building a digital museum to explore the contribution made by People of Colour to the nations culture, […]


Heartbeat – Creating Recovery

Online Shakespeare methods for autistic young people during the Covid-19 pandemic Autistic individuals and their carers have been amongst the worst affected groups in the global Covid-19 pandemic. They are in the highest risk group for the virus itself and stay-at-home and social distancing protocols have made access to much needed targeted therapies impossible for […]

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