ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art

Photograph of Walter Osborne

The ESB CSIA supports and promotes the study of Irish art and associated disciplines. Its library and archive collection documents the country's rich artistic legacy from early celtic art to the present. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in the visual arts in Ireland.

The holdings include a library of publications on Irish art, enriched by a rare book collection and illustrated book collection featuring work by Irish artists such as Rose Barton, Harry Clarke, Louis le Brocquy and William Scott. Current periodicals are also available as well as older journals that covered the arts in Ireland. Major Irish auctioneers are represented along with other auction and sales catalogues that document the Irish art trade since the late 18th century. The ESB CSIA also provides access to a selection of useful online resources.

A significant resource is a unique archive that provides original insight and a tangible connection to artists and organisations from the past. Also available is an important collection of artist folders, which hold a variety of ephemera relating to individual artists, and a large collection of gallery folders containing material produced by the many commercial galleries, art societies, clubs and institutions that have existed in Ireland over the past 300 years.  

Find out more about ESB CSIA activities and programmes on our Facebook page.

The ESB CSIA reading room is open to all members of the public.

OPENING HOURS Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm 

CONTACT  Tel: + 353 1 6325517   Email: