Artist duo The Sound Agents have launched a crowdfunding campaign to bankroll the development of a pop-up museum dedicated to Liverpool’s Chinatown.
John Campbell and Moira Kenny are attempting to raise £2,000 through JustGiving to fund their ‘Old Chinatown Museum in a Shipping Container’ heritage project.
Kensite Services Ltd is supporting the venture by providing an empty shipping container and Liverpool City Council has helped The Sound Agents secure space on Great George Square.
The project aims to highlight the need for a dedicated museum or community space in the area as well as preserve the heritage of the oldest Chinese community in Europe.
The Sound Agents have promised to create “dynamic exhibitions” for the pop-up museum and have invited international photographers to showcase their work there.
A statement from the duo reads: “The idea came from members of the Chinese community who have wanted and needed a Chinatown heritage centre in Liverpool for over 40 years. We want to use our skills to help realise this ambition and make it happen.
“The project aims to re-energise a once thriving Chinatown and protect the heritage and original buildings in Nelson Street.“
In addition to the museum, the pair have announced the Growing up in Chinatown project, which will see a growing space for Chinese vegetables created beside the shipping container.
Liverpool’s Chinatown is in the process of a £200 million transformation which will eventually deliver hundreds of new homes alongside brand new retail and commercial units and a hotel.
North Point Global’s New Chinatown scheme is expected to be completed by 2019.