About Arts in Parliament

Arts in Parliament, is Parliament's innovative contribution to the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Olympics.

Parliament has devised a unique cultural programme featuring arts, heritage and media projects. The performances and installations will run from June to September 2012 in Parliament’s Westminster Hall and are free and open to the public.

The programme

The programme sees Parliament collaborate with professional arts organisations and artists from across the UK bringing together a rich and diverse range of creative projects and performances.

The programme uses Westminster Hall as an inspiring backdrop to showcase art projects commissioned by the national Cultural Olympiad, works created especially for Arts in Parliament, as well creative projects stemming from Parliament’s existing public engagement programmes.

How can I get involved?

The performances and installations are free and open to the public. Some do require tickets to be requested in advance; if a ticket is required this is indicated on the details of the event on the programme. Details of how to apply for tickets will be available shortly.

All visitors will have to pass through security checks.

Where possible, highlights will be hosted on our website so those who cannot attend can enjoy the programme as well.

Why has Parliament devised the Arts in Parliament programme?

As an iconic institution, integral to the lives of everyone in the UK, Parliament has a natural role to play in a year where London, as Olympic host city, will welcome people from across the world. Arts in Parliament plays this role by bringing the public into Parliament with a new and exciting purpose, demonstrating Parliament’s relevance to the cultural fabric of the UK.

What's on

Find out more about the full cultural programme of dance, spoken word, music, film, performance, and visual arts.

Contact details

For general enquiries about the Arts in Parliament programme please contact:
Lucy Shaw, Arts in Parliament 2012 Project Manager

For media enquiries please contact:
The House of Commons Media Office on 020 7219 0969.