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. 

Seasonal Opening Hours 2018-19

NIVAL would like to wish all of our researchers and friends a peaceful holiday. Please note our additional dates of closure over December and January in order to facilitate essential work on collection materials. NIVAL will be closed to researchers after December 13th and will reopen to researchers on January 14th.

Monday 10th December: 10:00am - 8:00pm

Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th December: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 14th December - Friday 11th January: CLOSED

Monday 14th January: Term time opening hours resume.



'Art and Reality: The Role of Visual Culture in the post-independent state'


This UCD symposium examined the role of visual culture in constructing and critiquing the state and national identity in the aftermath of political independence.

The symposium was organised by Dr Roisin Kennedy and took place in the UCD Humanities Institute on 19 October 2018 and was a joint initiative between the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy and NIVAL, the National Irish Visual Arts Library. The symposium was funded by UCD Decade of Centenaries. All 10 papers at the symposium were recorded for podcasting by Real Smart Media and are now available online. 

The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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