Document! exhibition at NCAD

Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm. Admission free. Apr 26-May 26

120 years of visual arts documentation in Ireland from the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) at NCAD. The National Irish Visual Arts Library is a public research resource dedicated to the collection of information on 20th century and contemporary Irish visual art and design.

DOCUMENT! comprises selected Irish arts documentation from the library collection at NIVAL, from 1890 to the present day. A time-line of examples from each decade represents the physical and intellectual content of the library's collections, including printed ephemera, books and journals, exhibition catalogues, archives, special collections and digital material. NIVAL’s collection policy includes Irish visual art from the whole island as well as Irish art abroad and foreign artists working in Ireland.

The exhibition includes contemporary and historic collections such as the Artists and Galleries Files Collections, Illustrated Books, Posters, the Artists Books Collection, the College Student Registers (1877-1970s), the Earley and Company Archives (1852-1974), the Friends of the National Collections (1924-present), the Mainie Jellett Collection, the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (1947-1971), the Rosc ’71 Collection, and the Graphic Studio Dublin Archive (1960-present).

A new website,, has been launched to mark NIVAL's 15th anniversary. A number of programmed public events coincide with DOCUMENT!. NIVAL is a partnership initiative of NCAD and the Arts Council. Supported by the Heritage Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.