The People’s Palace of Possibility

“If the thing is impossible, you need not trouble yourselves about it; if possible, try for it” (John Ruskin)


Dear concerned citizens,

This is an invitation to help build the People’s Palace of Possibility: to discover distant utopias, air your frustrations and fears, and to take action to realise a better – or at least less bleak – tomorrow.

The Palace has many residents, nearly all of whom want to help you. Please arrive promptly. There’s really no time to lose.

With hope, fear, anger and optimism,

The Palace Archivists

This participatory installation experience is built in collaboration with audiences or ‘Palace Citizens’ each night. As the mysteries of the Palace unfold, citizens are invited to listen in on conversations and soundscapes, build new worlds, as well as add their visions and fears to the Palace, to create a truly utopian evening.

We have been developing The People’s Palace of Possibility since May 2019 in partnership with The Guild of Saint George, Ruskin-in-Sheffield, The Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, Lancaster Arts, Theatre Deli Sheffield and Warwick Arts Centre. We will be touring The People’s Palace of Possibility across the UK in Autumn 2020, alongside our Story Swap Cafe (see Current Projects). Exciting further announcements coming soon!

Audience responses and images from past sharings:

“Such a thought-provoking and enthusiastic, imploring installation. More, more, more please!” (Audience response, Millennium Gallery Sheffield, May 2019)

“There were just the right balance of activities- beautifully thought out and executed.” (Audience response, Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield, July 2019)

“A great space for collaboratively thinking about the future and how we want to get there!” (Audience response, Warwick Arts Centre, October 2019)

“It was very inspiring and F.U.N!!” (Audience response, Lancaster Arts, November 2019)

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