Among others, Kay designed for the choreographers Walter Gore, Peter Darrell, Kenneth MacMillan and Rudolf Nureyev, as well as for ballet companies such as Western Theatre Ballet (now Scottish Ballet), The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet,The Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin , The Stuttgart Ballet, The Vienna State Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theater.
Some of the drama and opera directors for whom he worked included Margaret Webster, Colin Graham, John Copley, Peter Dews and Rudolf Hartmann - with productions staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Old Vic, London; Sadler's Wells Opera Company (since 1974 English National Opera), Sadler's Wells Theatre, London; The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and numerous other national and international houses.
Later in his career Kay also became a photographer of subjects with socio-anthropological contents.
Kay's artistic contributions to the performing arts are well-represented and documented at national museums, state galleries, art libraries, theatre collections and archives globally. Public collections include: Victoria & Albert Museum Theatre Collections, London; Royal Opera House Collections, London; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library, Sydney; Performing Arts Museum, Melbourne; Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Österreichisches Theatermuseum, Vienna; University of Calgary, Library, Special Collections, Alberta, Canada; MacNay Museum, Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, San Antonio, Texas.
In November 2006, the National Library of Australia - an Australian government body bound by stringent selection criteria - posthumously honoured Barry Kay for his artistic achievements and identified the Barry Kay Archive for conserving, preserving and archiving Kay's creations, as well as for providing public online access to them - as: Heritage of national significance with long-term research value.
As a result, the online Barry Kay Archive is now permanently integrated into the Library's database of PANDORA (Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia) - Australia's Web Archive - providing independent public internet access to the Barry Kay Archive via the Library's server in perpetuity.
Live Performance Australia, the peak body for Australia's live entertainment and performing arts industry, posthumously selected Barry Kay as one of eighty theatre artists awarded a place in its newly established virtual Hall of Fame. This 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 founding director (1984-1993) 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. (In 1993 the Victorian Arts Centre was renamed the Arts Centre, Melbourne.)
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