Liverpool Chinatown Oral History

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THE SOUND AGENTS

The Sound Agents was founded in 2010 by Moira Kenny and John Campbell an artist duo dedicated to exploring time, place and social history, present ‘Lost Property’, an intimate visual archive into the stories and memories of the oldest Chinese community in Europe.

The identity and heritage of Liverpool’s Chinatown is currently at high risk: with empty restaurants, a deserted building site and a closed pub, the area needs a fresh wave of interest and a cause to reflect upon and celebrate its heritage and place within the city.


The Sound Agents have worked with Liverpool Chinatown for 15 years, leading to the recording of a unique Audio/Visual Oral History and ‘Opera for Chinatown’ Public Art work depicting the history of the Blue Funnel sailors and families, which are adorned over three Georgian buildings in Duke Street.

Previous projects from Moira Kenny include Chinese Mind and Beauty not for profit organisation which later became Chinapool producing public art works ‘Chinese Reflection’, a photographic building wrap on the corner of Seel Street/Slater Street, and ‘Chinese Memory Line’, consisting of 100 wooden boats painted by local Chinese people and Masters of Calligraphy and Fine Art from China with memories of migration, journey and settlement. The boats were later launched into the River Mersey.


The Sound Agents gave a talk in The Open Eye Gallery Liverpool in August 2017 and presented a series of short films and hosted a live, participatory discussion on the unfolding narrative of the area.

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