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.

NIVAL + NCAD: Archive(ist) Exhibition Tues 20th Feb 6pm - NCAD Gallery Foyer

2nd Year Graphic Design students were asked to consider the ‘exhibition’ in the form of a publication that explored chosen elements/aspects of the NIVAL archive. The curation (exploration, analysis, selecting, interpreting and editing) of the archive dictated the content and was reflected in the designed outcomes. Collaboration was a key aspect of the project, where students worked in teams and liaised with a number of external sources.


At 18:00 Tuesday 20 February 2018 there will be a drinks reception and exhibition of the publications in the NCAD Gallery Foyer, Harry Clarke Building at NCAD, Dublin to acknowledge the formal deposit of the works into the NIVAL collection.


The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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