Arts in Parliament

What's on

The 'Arts in Parliament' cultural programme is inspired by 2012’s Cultural Olympiad and will bring to Westminster Hall, in the Houses of Parliament, a range of projects and original work which fuse arts, heritage and media from across the UK.

There will be lots of opportunities during the programme to get involved and to see some of the exciting performances and projects which have been inspired by the themes and values of the London 2012 games.

Schedule of Events


Enter Alt text here.Unlimited: Paul Cummins Ceramics

Monday 4 June - Sunday 26 August 2012
Ceramic artist Paul Cummins has created a themed garden by the main visitor entrance to the Houses of Parliament. Several hundred individual ceramic roses and tulips will symbolise ideals integral to both the Olympics and Parliament. The general public are welcome to view the garden throughout June to September.


Enter Alt text here.Hands Around the World Exhibition: Creative Peace Mural Society

Thursday 14 June - Wednesday 4 July 2012
For the first time Parliament will be exhibiting the full collection of Hands Around the World tapestries in Westminster Hall. Communities from around the world have joined together to produce eleven peace tapestries representing their local culture, history and geography. The general public will be able to view these tapestries this one-off exhibition throughout the Summer.


Enter Alt text here.Performances from the Parliament Choir

Monday 18 - Friday 22 June 2012
Full details of concerts by the Parliament choir will be available shortly. The Choir was established 10 years ago and has performed exception choral music pieces in stunning venues, including Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ in Westminster Hall, Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ in Coventry Cathedral and Elgar’s ‘Apostles’ in Westminster Cathedral.


Enter Alt text here.Akademi

Thursday 5 July and Friday 10 August 2012
Dance company, Akademi will fuse contemporary and traditional south Asian dance, story- telling, music and projection to produce a stunning performance bringing to life the values of unity and inclusivity. Tickets for this evening performance, which will make full use of the inspiring background of Westminster Hall, will be available shortly.


Enter Alt text here.Parliamentary film strand: Houses of Parliament

Friday 6 - Wednesday 11 July 2012
The general public will be able to view a series of films produced collaboratively with different groups around the UK and Parliament which seek to explore the work of Parliament and democracy. The films will be projected in Westminster Hall and available to view for free. More information will also be available about Parliament’s work with the public.


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July 2012 (dates to be confirmed)
REPRESENT gives young people the chance to be seen and heard by contributing to an epic poem exploring the themes of democratic engagement, identity and political representation. A short film which brings to life this epic poem will be available to view throughout August in Westminster Hall.


Enter Alt text here.New Views: National Theatre

Wednesday 11 July 2012
As part of a nationwide playwriting competition, the National Theatre, in collaboration with Parliament, are giving students the opportunity to produce their own one-act plays exploring challenging issues from contemporary society. The winning student play will be performed in Westminster Hall by members of the National Theatre. Tickets for this unique evening performance will be available shortly.


Enter Alt text here.Stories of the World: Arts Council/LOCOG

Monday 23 - Friday 27 July 2012
Stories of the World is a national initiative encouraging young people to explore the collections held in museums and galleries in new and unusual ways. A day event in Parliament will showcase some creative projects involving artefacts, fashion, debate and performance poetry.


Enter Alt text here.Youth Music Voices

Wednesday 25 July 2012
The Youth Music Voices Ensemble, a 120 strong group of young people from the across the UK, will be performing a specially commissioned repertoire of new songs and arrangements to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games through singing. Tickets will be available shortly.


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Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 August 2012
somewhereto_ is a nationwide project to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love within sport, culture and the arts. Parliament are inviting somewhereto_ to Westminster Hall for a series of the daytime performances for the general public.


Enter Alt text here.Journey to the Podium: Essex County Council

Monday 20 August - Saturday 8 September 2012
The Journey to the Podium project has commissioned artists to create artworks that mark athletes’ journeys to the 2012 games and hopefully the podium. Selected pieces from this collection, which uniquely fuse art and sport, will be exhibited in Westminster Hall and available for the general public to view.


Enter Alt text here.Artists Taking the Lead: Arts Council

Friday 7 September 2012
This evening event will include talks from artists commissioned from each of the nine English regions, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to produce work which celebrates local and national cultural life. Tickets will be available shortly.

Related information

Find out more about the Cultural Olympiad

Parliament is open to all UK residents. They can watch debates or book a tour of the Commons or Lords Chambers.

During the Summer Opening, UK residents and overseas visitors can buy tickets in advance or queue on the day to tour Parliament.

Westminster Hall has been used for a fascinating variety of ceremonies and events since its construction in 1097. Find out more about its history and present-day uses.