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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PPP in the news

Brazil is one of the world’s worst-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic. One indigenous community, unhopeful of government aid beyond offers of unproven medical ‘cures’, has taken action early to prevent the virus entering their village – and is using the power of storytelling to reach and raise money from international audiences. Our DICE Young […]


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Research Assistant, Literature Review and Policy Analysis (Part-time)

DEADLINE IS OVER   Job Position: Research Assistant: Literature Review and Policy Analysis Field: Cultural Heritage, Disaster Management, Public Policy Organisation: People’s Palace Projects do Brasil* Salary: R$3.000 per month, paid via nota fiscal (e.g. to the applicant’s MEI) Type: Part-time (2.5 days a week = 20 hours per week) Period: Temporary, 2 months (beginning […]


We declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency

[EN] Since its foundation, People’s Palace Projects has investigated how people from fragile territories transform their worlds through creativity and the arts. The climate crisis is a defining moment in history. We can no longer afford to frame specific contexts as isolated worlds, disconnected from one another. The harsh realities that our partner artists and […]


Indigenous Research Methods

On behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), People’s Palace Projects hosted a three day workshop on Indigenous Research Methods in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22 March 2019, and a webinar on Indigenous engagement in research partnerships and knowledge mobilisation on 11 May 2020.  I. International Seminar on […]


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 […]

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