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 Update, August 2021: Reader Access Days

NIVAL is open for reader's appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Access to NIVAL is strictly by appointment only. Please see our Opening Hours and Access page for details on how NIVAL is facilitating safe access to collection materials and how to request an appointment.

NCAD Graduate Showcase 24th - 26th June 2021

The full programme of events showcasing the work of NCAD graduates is now available online. Download the programme for more details on the live projects, performances, events, pop-up's and talks taking place in the grounds of IMMA, at various locations around Dublin, and online from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th June.

The NCAD Works 2021 digital platform launches on 23rd June.

Aftereffects and Untold Histories, 15th April - 15th May 2021.

Aftereffects and Untold Histories, Politics and Spaces of Performance since the 1990s is a research project and five-week online events programme running from 15th April to 15th May 2021, commissioned by the National College of Art and Design (NCAD).

The Aftereffects and Untold Histories programme of discussions, conversations and performances will examine the intersections of politics and performance in Europe in the 1990s as well as their legacies today.

Programme events are live, free and open for all to attend. Please note that limited attendance is in place for some events. All will take place online via Zoom or YouTube and can be booked by the link below. Recordings of many of the talks and perfromances will also be available online after the programme finishes.

The Aftereffects and Untold Histories programme is a partnership between NCAD, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), and the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL). Aftereffects and Untold Histories is part of NCAD's contribution to the EU funded L'Internationale project Our Many Europes.

Week 1: Setting the Scene
Week 2: Artists' Self-Archiving
Week 3: Art in Public
Week 4: Activism and the Archive
Week 5: Intergenerational legacies

See the full schedule of events and register here.


The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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