Thursday, 18 May 2017

Planning Permission Approved

The Sound Agents have been granted planning permission from Liverpool City Council for the Chinatown Museum in a shipping container to be sited on Great George Square, Chinatown

Friday, 3 March 2017


Dr Roel Broer, Dr Robbie Jankisingh Oologs Graven Stichting and Chris Hawes CWGC
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The Sound Agents facilitated a meeting with Roel Broer, Dr Robbie Jankisingh and Chris Hawes Commonwealth War Graves Commission Regional Supervisor (CWGC) in Chinatown to identify the need for a re-dedication ceremony and replacement of 31 Dutch/Chinese headstones in Anfield Cemetery. 

The ceremony is being planned to take place in November 2017 led by The Chinese Freemasons Organisation.

Sunday, 8 January 2017


Pic: Moira Kenny 2015

The Sound Agents are campaigning to protect the heritage buildings and stories of Old Chinatown Liverpool, UK. The aim of this project is to highlight the need for a permanent site specific Chinatown Museum and Community Space, a temporary Museum in a shipping container is planned for May 2017.

The Sound Agents have been awarded £2,500 from the Mayors Fund and private donations from Joan Mason, Walter Fung, Sophie Colligan, John Hollingsworth, Debrea Lewis and one Anonymous donor to pay for planning permission to be submitted to Liverpool City Council and for the development of a dedicated website to house the  Audio/Visual archive 'Liverpool Chinatown Oral History' recorded in 2014 funded by HLF and 2005 funded by LCC. The Agents continue to record personal stories for the project. Contact John and Moira

Wednesday, 21 December 2016


Artists John Campbell & Moira Kenny are designing a Contemporary Museum in a shipping container sited on Great George Square Old Chinatown. Sponsored by Kensite Services Ltd. The project will be led and curated by The Sound Agents. 'Growing up in Chinatown' is an urban growing project alongside which will be sited alongside the Museum working in partnership with Elaine Creswell Blue/Green, with a focus on growing Chinese vegetables and plants.

DRAFT CAD IMAGE Elaine Cresswell

       DRAFT CAD IMAGE Elaine Cresswell


Thursday, 29 September 2016

'House for Sale' Campaign

It's Immaterial

John J. Campbell and Jarvis Whitehead are artist/musician who met in Liverpool in the late '70's having moved to the city to study Art and Architecture respectively. Working together under the moniker of It’s Immaterial since the eighties they have produced work for both radio, theatre and film as well as recording two well received albums titled 'Life’s Hard and then you Die' and 'Song'. A third album ‘House for Sale’ was originally intended for release in the early '90's but the multi-track recordings were misplaced in a studio move and only rediscovered in recent times. After restoration and remastering the material will finally see the light day. Pre-order you your copy at Pledge

Artist in Residence The Welsh Streets

Home Movie by Moira Kenny 2006

10 Year Anniversary of Artist Residency

Writing on the Wall

A NEON sign  will urge residents of Toxteth's Welsh Streets to "Talk To Me" as part of a new project to capture neighbourhood change.

Liverpool artist Moira Kenny was chosen as an artist in residence to help residents through changes in the area.

Ms Kenny will use an empty house in Powis Street as an artistic base for documenting the change, which has caused controversy and has split the Welsh Streets community. Organisers hope it will be a positive way of expressing different opinions.

It is part of the Solid Futures initiative, which aims to engage with people in areas undergoing housing market renewal. Schools, shopkeepers and community groups will all be encouraged to get involved, as will individual residents.

Similar Solid Futures projects are planned for housing market renewal areas in Bootle's Queens Road/Bedford Road neighbourhood and Rock Ferry, Wirral.

Ms Kenny said today: "I aim to record the social history of the area, capturing the local identity of the past for present and future generations.

"The work will focus on the transition of people from dereliction to new housing. It will be contemporary and I'll be using the house as a working situation - it will be open in time for the Biennial.

"This project will help to document the value of community and belonging. I enjoy stories relating to people, their lives, histories and relationship to the surrounding architecture."

She will research the original occupants of the house and will transform one of the rooms using traditional textiles.

A second room will be used to produce a collage of photographs, memories, newspaper cuttings and music lyrics, reflecting the feelings of Welsh Streets residents.
First published June 2006

The Residency was devised and commissioned by Sonia Bassey Solid Futures when she worked at Plus Dane.

Personification and Identity in a Post-digital Age Faces of Merseyside

This image was produced by overlaying 23 photographs of Chinese women Photographer: Moira Kenny 2016
This image was produced overlaying 26 photographs of Chinese men Photographer: Moira Kenny 2016

Moira Kenny and John Campbell collaborated with Dr Caroline Wilkinson and Face Lab Research Assistant Dr Stenton Mackenzie to resonate a mutual interest in promoting an understanding of and access to British hidden social histories, a commitment to demonstrating the potential for flexibility in gender roles and the generation of a more equalised representation of female lives.

Dr Caroline Wilkinson Caroline took up the post of Director of the School of Art & Design in October 2014. She has a background in art and science and her research and creative work sits at the forefront of art-science fusion and includes subjects as diverse as forensic art, human anatomy, medical art, face recognition, forensic science, anthropology, 3D visualisation, digital art and craniofacial identification.

he project aims to analyse the faces of people from Merseyside through the creation of a range of facial averages that describe different populations, such as ages, genders, occupation and interests. Similarities between groups will emphasise social cohesion, and differences will highlight ‘tribalcohesion. These discussions/results may broaden an understanding of identity, appearance and society for the people of Liverpool – informing an ongoing interest in national/local identity, social cohesion and the migration of world populations.