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.

New Patrick Pollen Materials

Patrick Pollen's daughter, Bríd Beckwith, recently visited NIVAL to deposit some of her father's personal materials with the archive. The materials include photographs, sketches and preparatory drawings for stained glass windows. This generous donation of materials is a wonderful contribution to the already significant collection of Patrick Pollen materials held at NIVAL. Patrick Pollen (1928-2010) was a stained glass artist who spent most of his working life in Ireland. His work includes windows at Galway Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin. The Patrick Pollen Collection is accessible to researchers and members of the public at NIVAL and we look forward to sharing these additional new materials once they have been sorted and listed. Bríd is pictured here talking through some of those materials with NIVAL Administrator Jennifer Fitzgibbon, and NIVAL collaborator and researcher David Caron. 


The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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