Migrants In Culture are building our radical imagination and capacity to live without borders. 

 

People have and will always move. Yet we live in a world which is designed to exclude, extract, and exploit. We can design different ways of being with one another. We can reject the ‘social organisation of race and citizenship’ (Harsha Walia) in our bodies, communities and neighbourhoods by imagining and modelling collective care, accountability and interdependency.  

who we are

We started in 2018 as a volunteer-led advocacy network aiming to visibilise and challenge the impact of the Hostile Environment on the culture sector and its workers. 

In that time, we launched National Findings and Testimonials on the impact of the Hostile Environment Policy on the Culture Sector. We ran open public meetings, collated resources, organised know your rights workshops for migrant culture workers, convened talks and joined protests. We published A Culture Sector Recovery for Migrants Advocacy Pack with a coalition of migrant culture workers, and developed learning spaces to connect the skills and strategies of migrant culture workers and migrant organisers, including Migrants Make Culture Activation Day. We also resisted nationalistic cooption of culture and campaigned against Unboxed, aka the Brexit Festival

what we do

We are now in the process of organisational development, shifting from a network into a migrant-led design agency.

We understand ‘design’ in an expansive sense. We design to grow creative skills to vision and organise, strengthen community infrastructures to access relationships and resources, and nurture migrant knowledge for safety and agency. We are guided by lived-experienced leadership, arts-based organising, design justice and interdependency as practices that move us towards ways of living without borders.

We work at the intersection of the arts and culture, migrant justice movements and local governance, in collaboration with migrant culture workers (artists, designers, organisers and researchers), migrant organisers, civic and educational actors, and allies.

 

 

This website and our socials are part of our organisational development process and will be updated soon.

In the meantime, you can reach us on migrantsinculture@gmail.com.

Below is a non-extensive list of organisers who work(ed) as Migrants In Culture:

2018

Joon Lynn Goh, Diana Damian Martin, Rosalie Schweiker, Alessandra Cianetti, Xavier de Sousa, Ben Messih, Ania Obolewicz, Bojana Janković, Laura Gordon, Amal Khalaf

2019 

Joon Lynn Goh, Diana Damian Martin, Rosalie Schweiker, Alessandra Cianetti, Xavier de Sousa, Ania Obolewicz, Bojana Janković, Laura Gordon, Amal Khalaf

2020 

Joon Lynn Goh, Diana Damian Martin, Rosalie Schweiker, Alessandra Cianetti, Xavier de Sousa, Season Butler, Ania Obolewicz, Bojana Janković, Nicola Singh, Claire Doran,  Alicja Rogalska, Laura Gordon, Amal Khalaf

2021 

Joon Lynn Goh, Diana Damian Martin, Rosalie Schweiker, Alessandra Cianetti, Xavier de Sousa, Bojana Janković, Brian Lobel, Nicola Singh, Claire Doran,  Alicja Rogalska, Laura Gordon, Amal Khalaf

2022

Joon Lynn Goh, Diana Damian Martin, Rosalie Schweiker, Bojana Janković, Nicola Singh, Claire Doran,  Alicja Rogalska, Laura Gordon, Amal Khalaf

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