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.

Easter 2018 Opening Hours

Monday 26th – Thursday 29th March

10am – 4pm

Friday 30th March


Monday 2nd April


Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th April

10am – 4pm

Usual term time opening hours will resume Monday 9th April.

NIVAL | IMMA - Call for Student Essays

As part of the NIVAL | IMMA ROSC 50 collaboration, NIVAL and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) are inviting final year undergraduate and postgraduate students to submit essays in response to the theme of the Rosc exhibitions. 

ROSC 50 was a collaborative research project between NIVAL and IMMA during 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Rosc exhibition in 1967. Through a year-long programme of talks, events, research commissions and exhibitions in 2017, ROSC 50 revisited the Irish art historical account of these landmark visual art exhibitions in Ireland, which took place in Ireland between 1967 and 1988. The Rosc exhibitions had a significant impact on the development of contemporary art in Ireland and the purpose of this research initiative was to explore their legacy and meaning in the present day and to encourage new research on this subject. To this end, we are inviting final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in art and art-related subjects to submit essays in response to the subject of ROSC, taking as a starting point the material relating to ROSC in the NIVAL archive and may take account of one or several of the following headings: 

- The ambition of ROSC 

- The audience for ROSC 

- The memory of ROSC 

- The context of ROSC 

- The legacy of ROSC 

- The critical engagement with ROSC 

 One or more selected essay/s will be published on IMMA’s website. 

NIVAL ROSC Information Day - 30 January 2018 

NIVAL held a special ROSC Information Day for interested students on Tuesday 30th January from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. An introduction to the library was given along with an opportunity to view original archives and primary source material that document the planning, development, media response and artists’ participation in the Rosc exhibitions. Highlights included access to the Dorothy Walker Collection, the Patrick Scott Archive, and the Rosc ’71 Collection, a collection of correspondence and documentary materials donated by the Estate of James Johnson Sweeney. 

If you didn't make it to our Information Day, contact us to arrange viewing ROSC materials.

Who can apply? Any final year undergraduate student or postgraduate student in an art or art-related course. 

Closing date for submission of essays: Friday 30 March 2018

Format for essay: 


Author’s name 

College or institutional affiliation 

Summary – one to two sentences that describe the subject of the essay 

Main text 

Notes – numbered endnotes, not footnotes 

Key words 




Word, Ariel, 12pt font, single spacing. 

Images: images should be embedded in the text complete with captions (max 5MB total for essay). 

Word count: 

2000 words max not including endnotes and bibliography 

Essays should be sent via email (max 5MB) to 

Lisa Moran, Curator: Engagement and Learning 

Irish Museum of Modern Art 

e: lisa.moran@imma.ie 

Archival information about the Rosc exhibitions is available for research by appointment with NIVAL. 

To make a research appointment with NIVAL please contact the NIVAL Administrator at email: nivalinfo(at)staff.ncad.ie 

For further information about the call for essays, please contact: 

Lisa Moran, Curator: Engagement and Learning, Irish Museum of Modern Art

e: lisa.moran(at)imma.ie t: 01 612 9912 



The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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