The National Gallery of Ireland was established by an Act of Parliament in August 1854.

An autonomous National Cultural Institution, the Gallery operates under the aegis of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Under our statutes, the affairs of the National Gallery of Ireland are entrusted to the Board of Governors and Guardians who are responsible for policy and oversight. The Board meets at least six times a year, with Board committees also meeting frequently throughout the year. 

The statutes also provide for a post of a Director, who is appointed by the Board, and is responsible for the operation of the institution.

Charitable Purpose:

  • Advancement of education
  • Other purpose that is of benefit to the community
  • Advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or sciences
  • Integration of those who are disadvantaged, and the promotion of their full participation, in society

Charitable Objectives:

As set out in Section 60 - National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997:

  • To increase and diffuse in or outside the State knowledge of the visual arts by whatever means they consider appropriate.
  • To engage in such activities for the purpose of raising funds for the purposes of the National Gallery as they think appropriate.

SWiFT 3000 Accreditation

We aim to maintain best standards in corporate governance. In 2017, the Gallery obtained accreditation from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) under SWiFT 3000:2010 – Certificate of Compliance with the Code of Practice for Corporate Governance in Ireland. This significant achievement:


Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland has been accredited under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland since 2007. In 2018, the latest maintenance assessment took place, the focus of which was on the significant development and improvements of the Gallery since 2011 under Phases 1 – 3 of its Master Development Plan.