CollectionDorothy Walker Archive
Collection DescriptionDorothy Walker was a dynamic and highly influential art critic, author and broadcaster. She played a central role in many of the most significant events in Irish visual art in the second half of the 20th century including the foundation of the Rosc exhibitions, the Guinness-Peat Aviation Awards and the establishment of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Throughout her career, Walker contributed art criticism to the New York Times, RTÉ, Hibernia, Studio International, and the Sunday Times. Her book, Modern Art in Ireland (1997), provides the first critical account of the impact of political and cultural developments on the visual arts in Ireland in the post WWII period. (
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36 bankers boxes of assorted documentation including personal and professional correspondence, administrative records for exhibitions, published catalogues, critical writings, draft publications, books, journals, reports, essays, lectures, photographic and audio visual material and ephemera. (

Arrangement (at series level):

Arts organisations.

Critical writing and lectures.

People: artists and writers.

AccessBy prior appointment
Century20th, 21st

Bequeathed to NIVAL and presented to the library by the Walker family in 2004.

Repository NameNational Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL)
AddressThe Clock Building National College of Art & Design 100 Thomas Street Dublin 8
EircodeD08 K521
Telephone(01) 636-4347
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CommentWe are grateful for the assistance provided by Anne Hodge, Administrator, in compiling a list for the original Directory.