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. 

Perspectives on Irish Art Education: Artists in Conversation / Film Screenings

Monday 25th March 12:30 - 2pm: NIVAL welcomes Leo Higgins for film screening and Q&A

In spring 2019, NCAD welcomes back graduates with long and successful careers as artists to reflect on their experiences at the College and after. Featuring screenings of short films made by Maebh O’Regan and on-stage discussions with leading Irish artists, these lunchtime events put a spotlight on the role of education in successful careers. Each talk will be accompanied by a table-top display of original and digitised material from the collections at NIVAL.


These talks take place in the Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre at NCAD (100 Thomas Street, Dublin) are free and open to the public – no need to book.

4th Feb: Martin Gale / 4th March: John Behan / 25th March: Leo Higgins / 8th April: Chára Nagle

The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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