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.

Mobile Encounters: Documenting the Early Years of Performance Art in Ireland

Amanda Coogan, Chocolate (2000). Durational performance. National Irish Visual Arts Library, Amanda Coogan Artist File. © Amanda Coogan

Irish Museum of Modern Art Project Spaces  Friday 12 December, 6.00 – 8.00 pm

NIVAL is working in partnership with IMMA to present a selection of ephemera and artworks documenting the early years of performance art activity in Ireland. This project traces the people, organisations and events that collectively contributed to shaping a culture of 'mobile encounters.'

Key moments in this history are presented using NIVAL documentation alongside works from IMMA's collection.

The opening of Mobile Encounters includes a live performance by artist Dominic Thorpe, somebody else's mouth (2014), IMMA Projects Spaces, Friday, 12 December, 6.30 pm.