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.

COVID-19: Temporary Closure

Due to the temporary closure of NCAD in response to the spread of COVID-19, NIVAL will be closed until further notice. 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

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.

NIVAL Update, March 2020: Work continues while NIVAL is temporarily closed

Dear NIVAL Supporter,

As you will be aware, the National Irish Visual Arts Library remains closed at present. First of all, we would like to assure you that the work of NIVAL will continue for the duration of NCADs temporary closure.

Information and updates on the situation are available via the following link on the NCAD website: https://www.ncad.ie/about/covid-19-coronavirus

You may also email us at nivalinfo(at)staff.ncad.ie with any questions or concerns you might have.

We will keep you updated on further developments.
All of the NIVAL staff send you and your family our best wishes.



Stained Glass Collections at NIVAL

The latest edition of the Irish Arts Review (Summer 2019 Vol 36 No 2) features an insightful and beautifully illustrated article by Dr David Caron on the work of Murphy Devitt Studios.

In 2018, the archive of Murphy Devitt Studios was donated to NIVAL and includes cartoons and sketches for hundreds of works including the one featured here at Newbridge College Chapel, Co Kildare. Work on this recent acquisition is ongoing but an overview of the collection is available here

NIVAL now holds a comprehensive range of archive collections from stained glass studios and artists with materials from 1850s - 2000s. These include:

Earley & Company Collection [1858 - 1964]

Patrick Pollen Collection [1934 - 1988]

Helen Moloney Collection [1960 - 1990]

Murphy Devitt Studios Collection [1960 - 2006]

Information on our opening hours and how to request an appointment to view materials can be found here

The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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