About Arts in Parliament

Arts in Parliament is an innovative and unique project which brings art, music, dance and poetry into the iconic setting of the Houses of Parliament in the Olympic year.

There will be a series of unique exhibitions and performances running from June to September 2012 in Parliament’s Westminster Hall. All the events are are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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.

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 a central institution in the UK and one which plays an important role in our heritage, Parliament has a natural role to play in the nationwide celebrations for 2012. We welcome everyone to attend the free events in the Arts in Parliament programme.

The programme is part of Parliament’s ongoing commitment to involve people from across the UK, helping them to find out more about Parliament’s work, role and how they can make their voices heard.

Westminster Hall

All the performances and exhibitions in the Arts in Parliament programme will take place in Westminster Hall, with the exception of the ceramic flower garden which will be installed on Cromwell Green.

Westminster Hall is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate. What makes it such an astonishing building is not simply its great size and the magnificence of its roof, but its central role in British history. In and around the Hall, grew up the major institutions of the British state: Parliament, the law courts and various government offices.

Closely involved in the life of the nation since the 11th century, a journey through the Hall's past is a journey through 900 fascinating years of our history.

This is the first time a festival of this kind has been staged in the Hall.