Kamukuwaká VR: Visiting a Sacred Cave

Giving the Wauja Indigenous people the experience of visiting their most sacred Xingu through virtual reality.

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Photo: Leticia Fernandes

Roots of Resilience: Mining Threats to Cultural Heritage and Climate

A collaborative research project assessing the cultural and environmental impacts of mining in Minas Gerais, a historic region of Brazil.

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Photo: Fernando Inacio

Building the Barricades:

The Mental Health Impact of Violence in Rio’s Largest Favela

Respect Due – Museum of Colour

The Museum of Colour responds to the threat the pandemic poses to its heritage with a unique gallery experience.

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Diversity is our identity. Art is our action. Research is how we co-create transformation.

We are an arts research centre bringing together artists, activists, academics and audiences to challenge social injustices through the power of the arts – in the UK, Brazil and beyond. Directed by Paul Heritage, People’s Palace Projects is a subsidiary of Queen Mary University of London.

Our key areas

Indigenous Exchange and Climate Action
Indigenous Exchange and Climate Action The heart of this work is in the Indigenous Territories of the Brazilian Amazon region. We support cultural exchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, activists and academics. Our collaborations have taken us to Venice Biennale 2021, Glasgow Science Centre, Tate ... Read more
Cultural Value and Heritage
Cultural Value and Heritage Our work in this area aims to understand and assess the full creative, social and economic potential of local arts organisations, measuring the value of culture and heritage beyond numbers. Read more
Creativity and Mental Health
Creativity and Mental Health Engaging in cultural activities improves well-being and mental health, particularly for people on the margins of society. Our research projects in this area aim to understand the impacts of this engagement, develop new approaches and share knowledge globally. Read more
Resistance and Transformation
Resistance and Transformation From projects on migration in the Global South, to work tackling bias, racism and discrimination against disadvantaged young people in the UK, all our work in this area aims to resist and transform what otherwise tears us apart. Read more

PPP in numbers

  • 50,000+ people reached
  • 394 partners
  • 117 completed projects
  • 38 active projects
  • 14 countries

Our voices

“PPP puts culture centre stage in deprived areas like Rio’s favelas. Paul Heritage and his team offered me the opportunity to make new connections and expand my work as an artist."

MC Martina, Becos poet, Building the Barricades.

"PPP took me to Xingu in 2017 and I could learn about Indigenous culture and music. We jammed and made music in 3 languages - English, Portuguese and Kuikuro - I was told it was the first new song made there in 200 years! It was an amazing experience that I will never forget."

Conrad Murray, Beatboxer, Artist and Theatre Maker Read more