2020-2021 | Review of developments, activies & Achievements

2020-21 has been a year of unprecedented global challenges, from the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (COVID) on the arts, vulnerable communities, healthcare provision and individual wellbeing, to the ongoing ravaging effects of climate change, to widespread instances of systemic racism, anti-immigration, xenophobia and violence.

This has resulted in an increase in active funded projects (from 17 to 29). This has, in turn, seen a significant increase in our scholarly outputs, global partnerships and networks, and impact at both local, national, and international levels. Crucial to our development this year has been a willingness to embrace the creative potential of online working both within the core PPP team and on our projects with external partners and communities. Many of our creative research projects, for example, pivoted to online workshops that provided opportunities for creative expression, problem-solving, activism, advocacy, and connection during a time of
isolation and uncertainty.

Throughout it all, People’s Palace Projects' (PPP's) activity has been at the forefront of some of the most urgent social, political, and cultural issues facing communities, artists and researchers in the UK and across the globe. Our achievements this year reflect the growth, adaptably, and integrity of PPP as an organisation, its team members, and our global partnerships.

Beyond our artistic and research-led initiatives, this year PPP has mobilised its networks and audiences to provide vital, life-saving support to the Kuikuro people of the Xingu Indigenous Territories in Brazil. In a year where many borders and opportunities have been closed, we have been proud to see our ongoing collaboration with this and other global and UK communities grow stronger than ever, demonstrating the powerful, positive interventions that our work and arts and culture more broadly can continue to make.

As part of this work, we have expanded our mission to create new ways for artists and arts organisations to produce evidence to inform local, regional, and national decision-making in relation to the creative economy, mental health, and cultural heritage’s role in preventing natural disasters.

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2019-2020 | Review of developments, activies & Achievements

2020 has been a particularly challenging and transformative year for all of us. It has also brought some of the most urgent issues of our times to the forefront of our work. PPP is deeply committed to challenging systemic racial inequalities and police brutality, to addressing the urgent threat of climate change and to tackling mental health issues in young people from the peripheries that have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the next ten ears we aim to develop a network of independent research organisations within the UK’s cultural and creative sectors and worldwide that can work together testing concepts, creating models, gathering evidence,
improving practice and increasing the positive impact of the arts in people’s lives.

We believe that the breadth and accessibility of our research projects demonstrates the public benefit that our work brings to our direct beneficiaries and the wider community.

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2028-2019 | Review of developments, activies & Achievements

During the year, PPP suported and enable a number of significant UK arts organisations and individual artists to have collaborative conversations and relationships with Brazilian partners. From Women of the Word Festival and White One Voice arts and homelessness moviment to Redes da Maré and AIKAX (the Association of Indigenous Kuikuro People of the Upper Xingu), the impacts and benefit of these relationships have been demonstrably and deeply significant and often long lasting.

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