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

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 December 2020) Location: Brazil […]


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 […]


ITAC Think Tank: Building Mental Health Resilience and Recovery through Art

You can watch on the link below the full recording of the event Building Mental Health Resilience and Recovery through Art, that took place on on 26 August 2020. The event is a Think Tank hosted by ITAC. If you would like to receive any other information on this project, please send an email to […]


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: Rethinking Models of Indigenous Development

To celebrate Brazil’s Dia do Índio (Indigenous Day) on April 19th, People’s Palace Projects and AIKAX (Indigenous Association of the Kuikuro People in Xingu) has launched OLOGIKO on PPP’s youtube channel. In OLOGIKO (Karib word for exchange), Takumã Kuikuro documents the exchanges between indigenous and non-indigenous artists and researchers that took place at the Ipatse village in the Upper […]

Photo by AF Rodrigues