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.

NIVAL features prominently in newly launched Digital Repository of Ireland

'The three bears' linen wall hanging. KDW/TX/111.

Damien English TD, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation today launched the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) at a major international conference on digital preservation in Croke Park.

The DRI is an online, open digital repository for content from the humanities, social sciences and cultural domains. DRI features beautiful and moving collections, including a broad range of demonstrator projects – Kilkenny Design Workshops Archive, Letters of 1916, the Clarke Stained Glass Studios Archive, Irish Lifetimes, Saol agus Saothar Sheáin Mhic Ghiollarnáth, and the Teresa Deevy Archive. 

DRI is built by a research consortium of six academic partners working together to deliver the repository, policies, guidelines and training. The partners are: Royal Irish Academy (lead institute), Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway, and National College of Art and Design. 

Read about the launch here and access the repository online at: http://repository.dri.ie.