About TributeSG

TributeSG celebrates the arts community’s most senior members, and those who have made a lifetime of contribution to the arts. These artists, administrators, educators, patrons, and champions include many Singapore arts pioneers who laid the foundations of the vibrant arts and cultural scene we enjoy today.

The many profiles in TributeSG let us into the minds and worlds of these pioneers, and help us understand our shared arts heritage. When we revisit their works and rediscover their journeys, we learn where we came from and how we came to be. Collectively, their stories tell the tale of the making of a nation’s artistic identity.

In putting together this archive, the TributeSG team consulted an external advisory panel. Those selected to be profiled met one of the following criteria: they are at least 60 years of age as of 12 Oct 2016, or deceased, or have received national recognition in the form of the Cultural Medallion.

This journey of arts archival officially came to a close on 12 Oct 2016, after four years of extensive research, interviews and collation of information graciously provided by the TributeSG pioneers, their families and peers. TributeSG also benefited from enthusiastic help from like-minded friends and organisations who supported Esplanade’s cause—to remember, honour and celebrate Singapore’s arts pioneers.

Advisory Panel for TributeSG
Arun Mahiznan
Choo Thiam Siew
J. P. Nathan
K. K. Seet
Kwok Kian Chow
Iskandar Ismail