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.

National Heritage Week and The Patrick Scott Archive

As preservation and conservation work continues on The Patrick Scott Archive at NIVAL, we are delighted to share a selection of pages from Scott's personal scrapbooks. During Heritage Week, 20th - 28th August, you can explore interactive pages featuring career highlights, personal telegrams and photos. Zoom in to see detail and read articles Scott cut out and kept for posterity. Connect with NIVAL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where throughout Heritage Week we will be sharing photos and videos of archive items and highlighting the importance of the conservation process. 


The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design