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. 

Dublin Art Book Fair 2018 : Art & Architecture : Uncovering Libraries & Collections

Dublin Art Book Fair, Ireland's only art book fair, takes place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) from 22nd to 29th November 2018. Dublin Art Book Fair 2018 is guest curated by architectural and cultural historian, Dr. Ellen Rowley.

The theme Art and Architecture, this year, sees a special focus on Uncovering Libraries and Collections, highlighting the importance of libraries in our lives. Showcasing over fifty leading Irish and international publishers and small independent publishers, the Fair will include books and publications on art, architecture, design, visual culture and related fields as well as limited edition and rare artist and architect's books. NIVAL will be at the Fair from the 22nd - 29th November showcasing some unique and extraordinary items from the Artists' Books Collection.

On Thursday 29th November NIVAL will also be hosting a very special lunch-time tour led by Val Connor and Clare Lymer, exploring the interesting history of Abstract Beaded Pattern, an artwork by Patrick Scott originally commissioned for the Central Bank, Dame Street. 



'Art and Reality: The Role of Visual Culture in the post-independent state'


This UCD symposium examined the role of visual culture in constructing and critiquing the state and national identity in the aftermath of political independence.

The symposium was organised by Dr Roisin Kennedy and took place in the UCD Humanities Institute on 19 October 2018 and was a joint initiative between the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy and NIVAL, the National Irish Visual Arts Library. The symposium was funded by UCD Decade of Centenaries. All 10 papers at the symposium were recorded for podcasting by Real Smart Media and are now available online. 

The Arts Council
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