Since its inception as a ‘People’s Palace’, established in 1887 to provide ‘rational and instructive entertainment’ to the people of East London, Queen Mary has had a long commitment to arts and culture.
We sustain long term partnerships and collaborations across East London – and the world - benefitting from the mutual exchange of knowledge and expertise with arts and cultural organisations and workers. We use arts-based methodologies to solve real-world problems in truly interdisciplinary ways. Alongside our world-leading programmes of study in Drama, English, Film, Languages and Music, Business and Management students have manifold opportunities to engage with the arts, through our music programme, our internships and consultancy training, our Students Union, and our three Arts Council National Portfolio organisations on campus – Wasafiri, Project Phakama and People’s Palace Projects. We offer support and resources to individual artists and arts, heritage and creative organisations, and we retain a commitment to making our campus a genuinely public space useful to local and international practitioners alike. World-leading research, teaching and collaboration at Queen Mary draws on arts and culture expertise and methodologies across science, medicine and the humanities.
This website is designed to help prospective and current partners and collaborators, students and community organisations gain an understanding of Queen Mary’s Arts and culture strategy and activities, benefit from our commissioned materials, resources and toolkits, and get a sense of how to work with us in the future.