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.

Friday 12th May - NIVAL Open Day Event | ROSC 50 - 1967 / 2017

NIVAL held an Open Day on Friday 12th May with Tours and Special Access to our Collections

To celebrate Rosc 50, 1967 2017, NIVAL opened its doors to the public to view a selection of original archives and collections. The tours were an opportunity to view the original archives and primary source material that are reproduced as part of the current exhibition at the Project Spaces, IMMA. Highlights included access to the Dorothy Walker Collection and the Rosc ’71 Collection, a collection of correspondence and documentary materials donated by the Estate of James Johnson Sweeney.

All of NIVAL's materials and Special Collections are accessible to the public year-round. You can make an appointment to view any of our materials here.

IMMA | NIVAL ROSC 50 - 1967 / 2017

Rosc '71 installation photo from the Dorothy Walker Archive at NIVAL. Visible in the foreground is Pol Bury's 'Horizontal monument No. 3 Dedicated to 12000 Marbles' (1971) and in the background Alexander Calder's monumental stabile sculpture 'Bobbin' (1970). Patrick Scott designed the RDS exhibition spaces with the ceilings and walls lined in white muslin.

ROSC was the first major series of exhibitions of international art in Ireland. They took place in a range of venues approximately every four years between 1967 and 1988. In 2017, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first ROSC, IMMA (the Irish Museum of Modern Art) and NIVAL are undertaking a collaborative research project to revisit the Irish art historical account of ROSC.

ROSC 50 will examine the ambition, reception, controversies and legacy of the ROSC exhibitions, which had a significant impact on the development of contemporary art in Ireland. This programme will unfold over the course of 2017 and will involve talks, events, screenings, displays, presentation of material and a number of artist commissions. 

The IMMA | NIVAL research project will be presented in IMMA's Project Spaces from 05 May - 18 June 2017.


The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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