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 Projects at NIVAL

Audio-visual material at NIVAL.

The Audio-visual Collection

Improving public access to information on the collections is central to the work we do at NIVAL.  

A project to list and arrange our audio-visual holdings has been undertaken with the assistance of Daniel Rooney, recently on research placement as part of the BA in Visual and Critical Studies programme at Dublin Institute of Technology. 

The collection is comprised of several hundred moving image, audio and still image galleries on CD and DVD.  Once completed, the project will result in an itemised listing of artists, dates and subject headings for addition to the website later this year.