CollectionIrish Exhibition of Living Art
Collection DescriptionThe Irish Exhibition of Living Art (IELA) was established to address the need for a wider exploration of contemporary Irish art and the public demand for such a forum. The committee to organise the first annual exhibition in 1943 included such renowned figures as Evie Hone, Mainie Jellett, Louis LeBrocquy and Norah McGuinness. The group was disbanded in the early 1990's. The Irish Exhibition of Living Art Archive was donated to the Library by the family of Anne Yeats, artist and daughter of W.B. Yeats, following her death in 2001. This extensive archive contains meticulously compiled documentary material from Yeats' time as secretary for the IELA from 1947-1971. (
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The collection is comprised of 394 items, including 6 indexes; 1 visitors' book; 1 diary; 38 exhibition catalogues; 35 correspondence items; 32 exhibition items; 20 press releases; 45 artist biographies; 11 entrance form books; 3 books of minutes; 16 sales records; 24 items of finance/accounts; 124 items of photographic material; 22 printing plates; 4 files of press material; 12 general items.

AccessBy prior appointment
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.