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/3113
  • First Name: Peter
  • Last Name: Haining
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: Not specified
  • Place of Birth: Scotland
  • Nationality: British
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Time Based Art
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Installation
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 1
  • Manuscript Material: Yes
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


Haining is an installation and performance artist. He draws inspiration from methods of archiving and data collection. File contains a booklet describing a project that examined his work during the 1980's. Haining has written and performed for numerous prestigious exhibitions in Ireland and abroad such as 'The Suicide of Objects' at the Ulster Museum in 2004. In March 2000 Haining travelled from Dundee in Scotland to Ireland by bicycle to continue research into autodidactic art that had commenced during the Marshall Anderson decade – 1990 to 1999 – now fully archived in the National Library of Scotland. Haining has donated his complete HIBERNIA project to NIVAL. File contains images of the artist’s work.