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 and the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)

NIVAL is delighted to begin 2019 as a new member with the DRI

Donna Romano, Head Librarian, The Edward Murphy Library and NIVAL at NCAD said:

          "NIVAL has been engaged with the DRI since its inception, with the provision of the Kilkenny Design Workshops demonstrator project for the launch of the repository in 2015. Opportunities for training and access to best practice guidelines have provided us with the knowledge base to develop and care for our digital assets. Once ingested into DRI, our collections are guaranteed increased visibility for scholarship and benefit from interoperability with other cultural heritage collections. As we work toward the development of our own digital collection strategy, membership of DRI will ensure global access and the long-term preservation of our assets for generations to come."

NIVAL already has a number of collections accessible through DRI which you can view here. We are excited to continue working with DRI on preserving and making available more of NIVAL's rich collections.



'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
National College of Art & Design

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