Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England




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Barry Kay - posthumous tribute and commemoration

Hall of Fame

The Barry Kay Archive is pleased to announce that Live Performance Australia, the peak body for Australia's live entertainment and performing arts industry, posthumously selected Barry Kay as one of one hundred inductees, eighty of them theatre artists, in its newly established virtual Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, launched on 30 November 2007, is Live Performance Australia's way of paying tribute to a remarkable collection of people on the occasion of celebrating its 90th anniversary.

Frank van Straten OAM, theatre historian and former first director of the Victorian Arts Centre's Performing Arts Museum in Melbourne, provided a short biography on each artist, constituting the corner stone of the Hall of Fame.

Following the National Library of Australia's recognition of Barry Kay and the Barry Kay Archive last year, and now Kay's induction into Live Performance Australia's Hall of Fame represents further acknowledgement of his important contributions to the performing arts.

The Curator - Barry Kay Archive - November 2007



Recognition by the National Library of Australia


The National Library of Australia, an Australian government body, aims to build a comprehensive collection of Australian publications to ensure that Australians have access to their documentary heritage now and in the future. The Library has traditionally collected items in print, but it is also committed to preserving electronic publications of lasting cultural value.

Bound by stringent selection criteria, the Library has identified Barry Kay posthumously for his artistic achievements, as well as the Barry Kay Archive for conserving, preserving and archiving Kay's creations, and for providing public online access to them - as:

"Heritage of national significance with long-term research value."

As a result, the online publication of the Barry Kay Archive is retained in the Library's database of PANDORA (Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia) - Australia's Web Archive - to provide independent public access to it in perpetuity.

The Barry Kay Archive's continuously expanding online publication will be re-archived periodically at PANDORA to record significant additions and changes. Collaterally, PANDORA backup copies will be stored on stable data carriers, thereby preserving Barry Kay's legacy to the performing arts and the evolvement and history of the Archive bearing his name.

This development represents a sensational breakthrough and a remarkable advance for the yet relatively young Barry Kay Archive.

The Curator - Barry Kay Archive - November 2006




Access & Services

Archive Affairs

Information about physical access to the Barry Kay Archive and the services we provide can be found at the Archive Plaza.


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Did you know Barry Kay?

The Barry Kay Archive needs your help! To assist us in completing the itemized online Biography, consisting of Barry Kay's chronological professional development and activities, we would welcome to learn of any additional information you could provide, particularly so for the years prior to 1967. We are interested in professional engagements as well as social contacts Kay may have had in Australia, Switzerland, France, England and Austria. Should you wish to contribute in this respect, please contact the Curator.

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