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.

NIVAL Update, April 2021: Facilitating Safe Access to Collections

Please see our updated Opening Hours & Access for information on how to request an appointment.

Aftereffects and Untold Histories, 15th April - 15th May 2021.

Aftereffects and Untold Histories, Politics and Spaces of Performance since the 1990s is a research project and five-week online events programme running from 15th April to 15th May 2021, commissioned by the National College of Art and Design (NCAD).

The Aftereffects and Untold Histories programme of discussions, conversations and performances will examine the intersections of politics and performance in Europe in the 1990s as well as their legacies today.

Programme events are live, free and open for all to attend. Please note that limited attendance is in place for some events. All will take place online via Zoom or YouTube and can be booked by the link below. Recordings of many of the talks and perfromances will also be available online after the programme finishes.

The Aftereffects and Untold Histories programme is a partnership between NCAD, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), and the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL). Aftereffects and Untold Histories is part of NCAD's contribution to the EU funded L'Internationale project Our Many Europes.

Week 1: Setting the Scene
Week 2: Artists' Self-Archiving
Week 3: Art in Public
Week 4: Activism and the Archive
Week 5: Intergenerational legacies

See the full schedule of events and register here.

Aftereffects and Untold Histories Week 2: Artists' Self-Archiving 22-24 April 2021

Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment members march on O’Connell Street, Dublin, for International Women’s Day 2018. National Irish Visual Arts Library, ACREA Collection. Photographer Credit: Karl Leonard

PERFORMANCE/DISCUSSION: A Guide to Gallery Guide
Kevin Atherton, Judit Bodor
Thursday 22nd April, 7pm - 8pm

DISCUSSION: The Making of an Archive
Cecily Brennan, Sarah Glennie, Donna Romano
Friday 23rd April, 4pm - 5pm
The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) has recently acquired the archive of the Artists' Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. To mark the occasion, Cecily Brennan will be in conversation with Donna Romano, Head Librarian of the Edward Murphy Library and NIVAL, chaired by NCAD Director Sarah Glennie, discussing key artefacts from the archive.

NIVAL Archival Selection
This week's selection from NIVAL, curated by Jennifer Fitzgibbon, highlights how artists can be shapers of their own archive through looking at processes of keeping, storing, annotating, filing and preserving for the future. It includes a selection of images from the Archive of the Artists' Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment that reflect on themes of legacy and process.

See Week 2 full schedule and register for events here.


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