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.

January 2021 Update: Temporary Closure until March 5th

In line with Government advice in response to the spread of COVID-19, NIVAL will be closed to visitors until March 5th. Appointments may be requested after this date subject to further restrictions. Please see our updated process for information on how to request an appointment and the measures in place to facilitate safe access to NIVAL collections when we able to welcome researchers again.

Some collection materials are accessible via our Online Collections. Other online research resources include our Artists Database, Exhibitions Database, and Galleries Database.

Please check back here and our Twitter page for more updates @NIVAL_NCAD

Dublin Art Book Fair 2020 Talk: Tuesday 01 December 2020, 6:30pm

When we think of a book, we think of the familiar codex form with pages, spine and text or images. But what else can a book be? Many visual artists create book-objects, conjuring strangeness out of the familiar form.

In this online talk visual artist and researcher Renata Pekowska presents some thoughts on the possibilites within the book form, including examples of Irish artists' books from the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) and other collections, looking at books as objects but not as we know them.

The talk will be available online on Tuesday 01 December 2020 at 6:30pm, on the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios website here.

Culture at risk: Digitally preserving the referendum on the 8th Amendment

To celebrate Culture Night on 18 September 2020, the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) hosted a lively webinar exploring the long-term preservation of at-risk culturally significant digital materials for their event 'Culture at risk: Digitally preserving the referendum on the 8th Amendment'.

As part of this event, NIVAL previewed the Artists' Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment Archive, which is housed at NIVAL and will soon be fully accessible online through the DRI.

Read more about and view the webinar here.


The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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