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.

Donation of materials from the studio of Sculptor Peter Grant

Images from Peter Grant's Dublin studio

In November NIVAL received a generous donation of materials from the family of Irish sculptor, Peter Grant (1915-2003). Grant studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin from 1933 when it was the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. He learned traditional figure and portrait modelling under Oliver Sheppard and returned to the college to teach sculpture from 1959 - 1980 where he was noted as a man of great warmth, humanity and openness. Grant created religious statues, public sculptures and political memorials. NIVAL was given access to Grant's studio (pictured) where we acquired 8 boxes of ephemera, drawings and books. The materials make a wonderful addition to the existing collection of Grant archival materials held by NIVAL. The donation also includes two of Grant's sculpture models - 'The Captive' (white model bottom right image) which is returning home to the college as it was created here in 1938 while Grant was a student at the DMSA, and the model for the bust of Joseph Mary Plunkett (far left bust top image). NIVAL provides public access to collection materials, encouraging and facilitating research.