The Collections Division consists of the Curatorial, Conservation, Registrar and Exhibitions departments.


The Conservation department comprises Painting and Paper Conservation, and Photography.  The Conservators are responsible for the physical care of the collection.  This primarily involves preventive conservation, environmental monitoring, conservation treatments, research, and overseeing the display of works. Photography is responsible for generating images/reproductions of the collection, forensic imaging supporting the work of the conservators and illustrative material for publications and the Gallery website.

Tel: + 353 1 663 3507         Email:


The collection is divided into different schools with each curator looking after the care, display, cataloguing, research and interpretation of their area. The Curators research possible acquisitions for the collection either through purchase or gift, while also advising on loan requests from other institutions. They also propose and research exhibitions.

Tel: +3531 661 5133  email


Prints and Drawings

The Prints and Drawings Curators also facilitate access by researchers and the general public to the Print and Drawings Study Room which houses the NGI’s collection of works on paper, which due to their delicate nature cannot be on permanent display

Tel: + 353 1 663 3535    Email:


Working closely with the Curatorial and Conservation departments the Exhibitions office coordinates the generation and delivery of exhibitions both within the institution and travelling shows to national and international venues.

Tel: + 353 1 663 3532     Email:


The Registrar’s Office is responsible for processing acquisitions & developing the Gallery’s Collection Management System which records information on all artworks in the collection and facilitates access to the online collection.  The office also manages the Gallery’s Loans program (in and outgoing loans) looking after all loan negotiations, documentation, transport and insurance matters. The Registrar’s Office is responsible for managing the Art handling team that ensures the safe handling, storage, movement and display of works in the collection and on loan.

Tel: + 353 1 663 3540     Email: