Welcome to The National Irish Visual Arts Library

The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) is a public research resource dedicated to the documentation of 20th and 21st century Irish visual art and design. 

NIVAL collects, stores and makes accessible for research an unparalleled collection of documentation about Irish art in all media.  NIVAL’s collection policy includes Irish visual art from the whole island as well as Irish art abroad and non-Irish artists working in Ireland.   Information is acquired on artists, designers, galleries, arts organisations and institutions, critics and other related subjects.  The collection contains documentary material in all formats including books, catalogues, videos, slides, artists’ papers and ephemera in print and digital format. 

NIVAL at the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland 4 - 28 July 2019

PhotoIreland Festival 2019 continues throughout July, celebrating its 10th anniversary! Working towards a Museum for Visual Culture and Critical Thinking, PhotoIreland has launched the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland with an exciting programme of exhibitions and events running until 28 July at The Printworks, Dublin Castle.

A Museum Pass for all shows is available for €5, each pass grants the visitor two entries, any time between 5 - 28 July 2019. There is FREE ENTRY on MONDAYS and free guided tours every Saturday and Monday. 

Visitors to the Museum will also be able to see Documents on photography in Ireland from NIVAL with specially selected materials on display in Viewfinder to File. All material on display in Viewfinder to File has been selected from the collections at NIVAL, in particular the artist files, gallery files, journals and exhibition catalogues.

NIVAL collection materials are accessible to the public without charge or membership. View our opening hours and make an appointment to consult materials in our Reading Room here

Stained Glass Collections at NIVAL

The latest edition of the Irish Arts Review (Summer 2019 Vol 36 No 2) features an insightful and beautifully illustrated article by Dr David Caron on the work of Murphy Devitt Studios.

In 2018, the archive of Murphy Devitt Studios was donated to NIVAL and includes cartoons and sketches for hundreds of works including the one featured here at Newbridge College Chapel, Co Kildare. Work on this recent acquisition is ongoing but an overview of the collection is available here

NIVAL now holds a comprehensive range of archive collections from stained glass studios and artists with materials from 1850s - 2000s. These include:

Earley & Company Collection [1858 - 1964]

Patrick Pollen Collection [1934 - 1988]

Helen Moloney Collection [1960 - 1990]

Murphy Devitt Studios Collection [1960 - 2006]

Information on our opening hours and how to request an appointment to view materials can be found here

NIVAL Summer Hours 2019

NIVAL welcomes researchers year-round, including during the summer. Please note our reduced hours over the summer months. You can make an appointment to view any NIVAL materials by emailing nivalinfo(at)staff.ncad.ie 

17th June – 13th September 2019 (Summer hours)

  • Monday: By appointment only - 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Friday: CLOSED 

Full information on NIVAL access can be found here.




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