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 on RTE Radio 1 programme 'Altering States'

Altering States: 100 Years of the Arts In Ireland is a series of thematic hour long programmes looking at the arts in Ireland since the foundation of the State to our own times.  

This week's episode looks at the materiality of the arts and the practice of archiving the contemporary by exploring the work and collections of NIVAL, the Contemporary Music Centre, the National Dance Archive Ireland

Producer Clíodhna Ní Anluain visited NIVAL where Jenny walked and talked her through our facilities and she met with researchers in the Reading Room. Librarian Donna talks about the foundation of the library and our ongoing engagement with contemporary artists through collecting practices and collaborative projects.   The NIVAL segment starts at 00:12:00.