List of Resources

tnsarchives.com is an archival and documentation portal launched in conjunction with The Necessary Stage’s 30th anniversary celebrations. tnsarchives.com provides the public and researchers with information, writings, recordings and visuals from the company’s activities over 30 years and beyond.

T:>Archive is an archive of artworks, processes, research and discourse projects, and curations. This archive includes entries that are commissioned, produced, or managed by T:>Works.

Offstage is your all-access backstage pass to the performing arts at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. 

It is your insider’s guide to Singapore and Asian arts and culture, demystified for newcomers but also offering perspectives that are in-depth or off the beaten track. 

Produced by Esplanade, Singapore’s national performing arts centre, Offstage is for everyone, including families, schools and researchers.

The National Online Repository of the Arts (NORA) is currently a database of digitised works in the literary, performing and visual art works by prominent Singapore artists. These works were previously unpublished, out-of-print or inaccessible to the masses. As part of Singapore’s digital heritage collection, NORA serves as a source of reference for people interested in Singapore arts, with the resources made available for the first time, through an online platform.

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Library, with financial support from their benefactor, Tanoto Foundation, started establishing the Tanoto Foundation Centre for Southeast Asian Arts in April 2007, with the vision to become a regional resource centre for the study and research of Southeast Asian arts. Its mission is to promote Southeast Asian arts via the establishment of a physical resource centre as well as facilitating access to a digital web-based resource.

The Singapore Theatre Bibliography is maintained by the Ngee Ann Kongsi Library focuses on a broad range of materials related to theatre and drama in Singapore. The Ngee Ann Kongsi Library houses an extensive specialist arts-related collection of publications in both hard and electronic forms and is situated in LASALLE's McNally Campus.

The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) is the official custodian of Singapore's collective memory. Ranging from government files, private memoirs, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and audio-visual materials, the NAS is responsible for the collection, preservation and management of Singapore's public and private archival records.

The Singapore Online Arts Repository (SOAR) is a collaboration between National Arts Council (NAC) and the National Library Board (NLB) to enhance the national collection of Singapore arts content, and to make the materials digitally available for future generations of Singaporeans.

The collection will encompass Singapore’s performing arts, visual arts and literary arts and feature Singapore’s leading artists such as Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award recipients as well as long-standing arts groups and cultural institutions.

Digital Archive of Singapore Malay Theatre (DASMT) Project is a collaboration between National Library Board (NLB) and several Malay Arts group to create a repository of materials on Malay theatre in Singapore. With the support of the Malay theatre community, theatre related materials such as scripts, recordings, posters and other collaterals have been collected, curated, annotated and digitised.

DASMT is one of several digital initiatives undertaken by NLB to preserve and promote Malay language and culture in Singapore. DASMT will serve as an educational resource for practitioners, a reference source for scholars, a teaching tool in the classroom, an historical account for posterity and a contribution to national theatre resources.

The Digital Archive of Singapore Tamil Theatre (DASTT) Project is a collaboration between the National Library Board (NLB) and the Tamil Digital Heritage Group (TDHG) to create a repository of materials on Tamil theatre in Singapore. With strong support from the Tamil theatre community, theatre-related materials such as scripts, recordings, posters, and other collaterals have been collected, curated, annotated and digitised.

DASTT is one of several digital initiatives undertaken by the TDHG in collaboration with NLB to preserve and promote Tamil language and culture in Singapore. DASTT will serve as an educational resource for practitioners, a reference source for scholars, a teaching tool in the classroom, an historical account for posterity and a contribution to national theatre resources.

MY Art Memory Project is a digital archive of the performing arts in Malaysia. The site contains a collection of archival material, production data, personal recollections and critical resources about performing arts and culture in Malaysia. MY Art Memory Project is a rare trove of raw material and data out of which different histories of Malaysia’s performing arts may be shaped.

Arts Education Archive Malaysia hosts articles about arts-education programs and projects conducted outside of formal education by specific individuals and organisations in Malaysia. 

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