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.

The NIVAL Reading Room is currently closed for general access

Safe storage and consolidation of collections are our priorities in this period. Closure will facilitate the completion of a collections inventory and a much needed listing of all special collections and archives.

Doctoral candidates and researchers with publishing or curatorial commitments may visit the library by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to working with you again in the near future. For more information contact nivalinfo(at)staff.ncad.ie



Stained Glass Collections at NIVAL

The latest edition of the Irish Arts Review (Summer 2019 Vol 36 No 2) features an insightful and beautifully illustrated article by Dr David Caron on the work of Murphy Devitt Studios.

In 2018, the archive of Murphy Devitt Studios was donated to NIVAL and includes cartoons and sketches for hundreds of works including the one featured here at Newbridge College Chapel, Co Kildare. Work on this recent acquisition is ongoing but an overview of the collection is available here

NIVAL now holds a comprehensive range of archive collections from stained glass studios and artists with materials from 1850s - 2000s. These include:

Earley & Company Collection [1858 - 1964]

Patrick Pollen Collection [1934 - 1988]

Helen Moloney Collection [1960 - 1990]

Murphy Devitt Studios Collection [1960 - 2006]

Information on our opening hours and how to request an appointment to view materials can be found here

The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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