‘Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive’
A presentation by Clare Lymer of the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL)
Saturday, 11th February 2017 @13:30 pm
Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street

This is a free event but booking is recommended (email

One of Ireland’s most significant artists, Patrick Scott displayed his unique fusion of art and design over a remarkable 75 year career as an artist, designer and architect. Scott’s archive, bequeathed to NIVAL in 2015, is a valuable resource for researchers, providing insight to Scott’s important contribution to all areas of Ireland’s 20th and 21st century culture. The vast collection offers a comprehensive look at Scott’s working process with models, tapestry maquettes and print designs. Administrative documents detail his time with renowned Irish cultural organisations – Aosdána, Kilkenny Design Workshops, Irish Exhibition of Living Art, and Rosc. Passports with visa stamps detail travel that influenced his work while scrapbooks, photos, diaries and correspondence provide humanising glimpses into Scott’s personality. The Patrick Scott Archive materials underwent conservation and preservation work throughout 2016. The archive will be available to the public once listing is completed in Spring 2017.

Clare Lymer, (NIVAL) will illustrate narratives with selected items from the archive on the day.

This presentation is organised in the context of my latest exhibition ‘BARDO’ at the gallery (Feb 5 to March 4). Delighted to have Clare give us her in-depth knowledge on Scott’s work, as well as her own personal account of working on this archive. A treat in store for anyone who is a Patrick Scott and/or NIVAL follower!