Tuesday, 24 September 2019

ARTS FOR HEALTH CLASSES


Residents of Chung Hok House participating in The Sound Agents 'Arts for Health' project which provided arts activities to prevent and alleviate health problems and combat loneliness. 
The work in Chung Hok House is funded by Pine Court Housing 
Click on the Link below to read more 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

JOBS FOR LIFE? THE DOCKERS

Copyright Mike Kelly


Dockers Jobs for Life Project Focus Group


The Sound Agents John Campbell and Moira Kenny are working in partnership with Development Sefton Libraries, Dockers and their families to help shape a project to collect stories of the Docks. A Consultation Event took place on Wednesday 18th September at 11.30 am at Bootle Library.  
Next meeting Wednesday 2nd October 11.30 to develop a proposal to celebrate Sefton as the Liverpool City Region, celebrating Culture and Creativity 2020. 




Friday, 16 August 2019

THEN ALONG CAME LENNON


A first hand account of Liverpool Art School Bands



The Sound Agents have been supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to make a documentary film to uncover and preserve the hidden histories of  pop musicians attending Art School in Liverpool from 1955 to the 1980 to document the significant impact the Arts had on Youth/Pop Culture.

The film will premiere at the Museum of Liverpool in June 2020 and at the British Music Experience with a Q & A.  All footage and a copy of the DVD will be stored in Liverpool Record Office and film footage and memorabilia will be stored in LJMU Contemporary Archives.  




Thursday, 1 August 2019

LIVERPOOL CHINATOWN: AN ORAL HISTORY

The Sound Agents are currently working on the transcriptions of 40 people who were interviewed for Liverpool Chinatown: An Oral History 

Mr Lau as a young Blue Funnel sailor
The personal histories include Blue Funnel Sailors, Kwok Fong and Boarding Houses, Laundries, Chip Shops and Restaurants, The Cantonese Opera, The Chi Kung Tong history, Children who were child actors in the 1958 film The Inn of Sixth Happiness, Journeys from China to Liverpool, setting up a Chinese school The Wah Sing in Liverpool, The forced Deportation of Chinese sailors in 1946...

The transcriptions and photographs taken during the project of participants and from family albums will be published in a book which will be co-edited by Philip Lo Senior Lecturer LJMU.
More details to follow. 

ARTS FOR HEALTH

The Sound Agents have been funded by Pine Court Housing to run Arts for Health workshops with residents in Chung Hok House with Chinese elders.
A sketch of Mr Lau 2016 Moira Kenny 'Liverpool Chinatown: An Oral History'

The Artists will sketch the participants during the project all work produced will be exhibited in Chinatown during Chinese New Year 2020.


Sunday, 2 June 2019

THE LIVERPOOL IRISH PROJECT


The Artist Duo Moira Kenny and John Campbell are revisiting their Irish roots with a 5 year project to capture the heritage of The Liverpool Irish by recording the hidden histories and everyday stories to pass on to future generations. Having recorded the Liverpool Chinatown Oral History working with Chinese organisations for the past 18 years, The Sound Agents Ltd. are planning a series of Events and Oral History projects and short stories based on the Irish culture and heritage they were born into.

Below the only photograph of my Grandfather and my father when they arrived in Liverpool.

                     

                         



"My family migrated from Arklow, County Wicklow, in the late 1930’s and settled in South Liverpool, my Dad’s first language was Gaelic. His father was coming to Garston in the 1920’s on the Coaster ships. We had a great time growing up in a massive family and my Nan lived over the road. My Mothers family were from Northern Ireland and most of the people who lived near us had Irish ancestry. Many were neither one thing or the other, not seen as English not seen as Irish - somewhere in between. John's family came from Sligo his grandfather settled in the Mill Town Rishton in Manchester. It is time to map the journey of people like us" Moira