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 century and contemporary 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.

Easter Period Opening Hours

Monday, 14 - Wednesday, 16 April:  10 am - 4 pm

Thursday, 17 - Tuesday, 22 April: CLOSED

Wednesday, 23 - Thursday, 24 April: 10 am - 4 pm

Friday, 25 April: CLOSED

Irish Patchwork Society donates 30 year archive

NIVAL is delighted to announce the recent deposit of the institutional archives of the Irish Patchwork Society.  Spanning the Society's 30 year history, the archives document their creative activities and administrative history in printed documents and thousands of high quality colour slides.  

A project to arrange and index the Irish Patchwork Society archive has been carried out in NIVAL by Rodney Breen, archivist with Eneclann, Archives and Records Management Company. 

The catalogue listing will shortly be added to NIVAL's growing collection of online databases of information on our Special Collections.  This project was made possible through a grant from the Crafts Council of Ireland and the generous support of the membership of the IPS.