Joon-Lynn is a cultural organiser, working at the intersections of art, infrastructure and social justice.
I embrace organising as a practice of science-fiction, in which migrant and global majority communities are protagonists of change, and where infrastructure, organisation and business are creative experiments in stewardship and world-building.
I am Co-Founder & Co-Director of Migrants in Culture CIC. As a migrant-led design agency, we offer visual design services to social movements, grow creative organising skills and capacities, and nurture migrant knowledge and leadership.
I have an award-winning (& declining) track record of community organising, organisational development, strategic programming, and arts curation.
I have organised across different contexts and communities. I was a founding organiser of Migrants in Culture, an advocacy network challenging the operation of the Hostile Environment in the culture sector (2018-2021); a founding member (2017-2021) of Asia Art Activism, a network of East & South East Asian diasporic artists, educators and organisers in the UK; and a National Movement Lead for What Next? (2019-2023), a movement convening freelancers and organisations to shape equitable working conditions in the culture sector.
From 2014-2017, I acted as a lead organiser for Citizens UK Bristol and established a Syrian refugee resettlement programme in partnership with Bristol City Council. I sat on Bristol City Council's Refugee Resettlement Board and Citizens UK National Refugee Welcome Board from 2016-17. For this work, I was co-recipient of Migrants Organise and UNHCR’s Champion of the Year, Women on the Move Award 2016, and declined an MBE for Services to Equality in Bristol in 2019 for these reasons.
Most recently, I was a Civic Futures Fellow 2021-22 with the Greater London Authority, in which I explored creative collaborations between artists, organisers and council workers. The role of the radical imagination in collective city stewardship is a growing interest.
Beyond the binary of social enterprise and for-profit, I have an ongoing interest in artist-led businesses, and organisational development as a creative practice in worldbuilding. Alongside Migrants in Culture, I am co-founding director of Sex With Cancer; an online shop, artwork, and public campaign exploring how people living with and beyond cancer can take agency over their own health and wellbeing.
I have over 15 year experience in curating, producing and consulting for live art and visual arts organisations including Art B&B CIC, Arnolfini, Situations, Battersea Arts Centre, Punchdrunk, London International Festival of Theatre and Arts Council England. From 2012-2017, I acted as Senior Producer for In Between Time and co-curated Bristol International Festival 2013, 2015, and 2017.