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.

Unfolding the Archive opens at the F E McWilliam Gallery, Friday, 24th April

Image courtesy of Glenn Holman, 2014.

Unfolding the Archive, an exhibition of new work by the international artists’ group Floating World, is the result of a collaboration between NIVAL and the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio in partnership with the NCAD Gallery.  The exhibition takes its title from the tangible starting point for engagement with an archive – the simple act of unfolding – and the practice of appraisal, valuation and interpretation that is inherent in this process.

Featuring new work by 11 artists from Ireland, the UK and Japan alongside a selection of archives from NIVAL and the F.E. McWilliam collection, Unfolding the Archive demonstrates the breadth of engagement and the broad range of methods and materials employed by artists to represent the relationship between their own practice and the act of archiving the arts.  Read more…