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 is hiring! Closing date 14 July 2022

NIVAL is currently recruiting for two positions:

Archives Assistant (Full-time)
Post-Doctoral Researcher (Part-time)

Full information and application links can be found here.

Closing date for applications is 14th July 2022. Queries may be directed to hr(at)staff.ncad.ie

NIVAL Update, June 2022: Reader Access Days, Summer Hours

NIVAL is open for reader's appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Summer Hours are currently in operation, opening hours 10am - 4pm. Access to NIVAL is strictly by appointment only. Please see our Opening Hours and Access page for details on how NIVAL is facilitating safe access to collection materials and how to request an appointment.

NCAD Works 2022, Wed 8 June - Tues 14 June

NCAD Works 2022 Exhibition, events programme and digital platform showcasing the extraordinary work of 2022 graduates. Fine Art, Design, Education, Visual Culture. 

Wednesday 8 June - Tuesday 14 June
Thomas St Campus, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
Annex, 101-103 James' Street, Dublin 8.

Please visit ncad.works for all the information on programme events.

Traveller Art and Craft: Documentation and Inclusion in the NIVAL Collection

NIVAL is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding from the Heritage Council’s Community Grant Scheme 2022 to conduct a project entitled Traveller Art and Craft: Documentation and Inclusion in the NIVAL Collection. The project aims to collaborate with the Travelling community to document tangible and intangible items relating to Traveller heritage, craft, art and design, and to address this gap in NIVAL's collection. Members of the Travelling community will be invited into NIVAL to explore and discuss the collection. The documentation gathered during this project will be added to the NIVAL Collection where it will be stored, preserved and accessible to all members of the public into the future. An event to highlight the results of the project will take place during National Heritage Week in August 2022. Any Traveller makers or community groups interested in participating please get in touch with us nivalinfo(at)staff.ncad.ie


The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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