NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA) comprises the NUS Museum and NUS Baba House; the University Cultural Centre, a world class performing arts centre; and a Talent Development and Programming unit that oversees 22 student arts excellence groups in music, dance, theatre and film. On campus and beyond, we take pride in providing opportunities for the appreciation of the arts and seek to champion creative possibilities and inspire strong communities through programming, exhibitions, workshops and outreach such as the university’s flagship arts event, the NUS Arts Festival and Singapore’s longest running arts outreach programme, the ExxonMobil Campus Concerts.
A vibrant space to experience the arts and to nurture creative minds and inquiring spirits
To integrate the arts into university life, offering opportunities for discoveries, exchange and action
We are committed to fostering an active arts community and providing a fertile ground for collaborative learning and knowledge building. Engaging the NUS community in the arts is central to what we do. From a broad array of performing arts disciplines and genres, to internships and docent opportunities, we offer opportunities to explore university-wide collaborations across disciplines and provide a multitude of ways to get involved and have meaningful encounters with the arts.Organisational Structure
The University of Malaya Art Museum, Singapore’s first art museum, opens with its first curator, Michael Sullivan (1916-2013). It would later seed NUS Museum’s South and Southeast Asian Collection.
The Centre For Musical Activities (CMA) is conceived by Vice-Chancellor Dr Kwan Sai Keong (1920-1981), himself an artist and violinist.
CMA is established at No. 5 Dalvey Estate under the directorship of Mr Paul Abisheganaden (1914-2011).
Nanyang University and Singapore University merge to form the National University of Singapore (NUS). The Lee Kong Chian Museum comprising mostly Chinese art is transferred to NUS.
Regular lunchtime concerts (later known as Esso Campus Concerts) started by CMA at NUS Theatrette (LT13), jointly organised with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
CMA moves to the newly-completed Runme Shaw CFA Studios.
Campus Concerts wins Youth Service Award, the highest accolade for youth services in Singapore.
The Centre For the Arts is established under the directorship of Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo.
Esso Campus Concerts is renamed ExxonMobil Campus Concerts.
Opening of the University Cultural Centre by then Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam.
Singaporean artist Ng Eng Teng (1934-2001) donates more than a thousand works to the University, forming the Ng Eng Teng Collection.NUS Museums opens at UCC, comprising the collections from the Lee Kong Chian Museum, University of Malaya Art Museum and Ng Eng Teng donation.
The Centre for the Arts is renamed NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA).
NUS Museums is renamed NUS Museum and becomes an institution of CFA. The inaugural NUS Arts Festival is organised by CFA.
NUS Baba House opens under the management of NUS Museum, and with it, the Straits Chinese Collection.
The Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards is set up to recognise the successes of CFA’s student arts groups.
The Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence is set up to recognise and encourage emerging artists within NUS in music and other forms of performing arts.
The Performing and Visual Arts scholarship is launched by CFA and the NUS Office of Admissions in partnership to develop young scholars inclined towards the arts.
NUS Museum wins inaugural UMAC award for innovative museological practice.