About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/439
  • First Name: Margaret
  • Last Name: Corcoran
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: Not specified
  • Place of Birth: Not Specified
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Drawings
    • Oil Painting
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Interests:
    • Gender
  • Represented By: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery,  Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 7
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Other


2003 Golden Fleece Award.


2003 National College of Art and Design, Dublin. MA Fine Art.


Corcoran creates representational paintings that are concerned with contemporary issues. She participated in the artists work programme at Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1998 and was the winner of the Golden Fleece Award in 2003. Her paintings address ways of seeing and explore the gap between reality and ideals. File contains slides of artists work.