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.

Jason Oakley


 It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Jason Oakley following a long battle with cancer. 

A modest man and a significant influence in arts publishing, Jason will be sadly missed both personally and professionally by the whole visual arts community.

May he rest in peace.