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.

Aideen Barry Shares Successful Application Documents

Want to know how to make successful arts applications? Now you can learn from one of the best - multi award winning artist Aideen Barry has donated over 100 successful grant and funding applications to NIVAL. This incredible donation of material is intended to demystify the application process and will be a valuable teaching tool providing researchers with the opportunity to learn from her tried and tested process. This collection will be accessible to researchers at the end of October.

Aideen Barry is an artist with a national and international profile, whose means of expression is interchangeable, incorporating performance, moving image, drawing and sculptural manifestations. Recent projects include a solo survery of her work at the RHA and a performative response to the works of Carol Rama, commissioned by IMMA. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art until the end of the year. Additional upcoming projects include showing in LCA, Lismore, a solo at Luan Gallery, The 2017 Lexicon Commission Award and solo, international residencies in MARFA Texas, and commissions by the Arts & Heritage Trust UK. You can read Barry's lengthy list of awards in full on her website - www.aideenbarry.com