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Image Requests

Art Collections

All rights and reproductions applications relating to the paintings and sculptures and any other work of art in the Trinity College Art Collections should be submitted to the Curator.

How to apply?

  • Fill out the Image Request Form
  • Email it to
  • Post to The College Art Collections, Office of the Secretary, West Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Give at least 3 months notice

Book of Kells and Library

Requests for images of The Book Of Kells and all items in the collections of the Library and the Manuscripts/Archives departments must be sent to:


Is the material in copyright?

In most cases, copyright belongs to the artist during their lifetime and 70 years after their death. After death it is usually managed by the Artist’s estate or foundation, a society such as DACS, or a combination of both. The duration of copyright varies, depending on the nature of the item.

  • Original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works - 70 years from the death of the author.
  • Films - lifetime of the longest living amongst principal director, author of the screenplay, author of the dialogue, author of the music plus 70 years.
  • Music - 50 years from the date of a sound recording, broadcast and typographical arrangement
  • Databases - 15 years from the year in which the making of the database was completed or 15 years from the date on which the database was first lawfully re-utilised
  • Copyright protection applies automatically in Ireland to any type of expression of ideas or facts, translated to permanent form.
  • Media protected by copyright include original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, databases and computer programs.
  • Copyright law in Ireland is regulated primarily by the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000 (PDF 614KB) (the “2000 Act”).
  • Please see earlier legislation in the case of works created prior to 1 January 2001.
  • Copyright infringement includes making and/or using illegal copies of works, or using original works in unauthorised ways. An infringement of copyright is punishable in accordance with the 2000 Act.

In Copyright

  • It is the responsibility of the requester to research and secure copyright permission.
  • Please supply written confirmation from the copyright holder, as images cannot be released until this has been received.
  • We will provide you with the appropriate image caption and credit line which must be included in the relevant sections of the publication, accompany the image online or at the end of a presentation etc.

Guides to seeking copyright permission:

  • For Modern and Contemporary international artists, and some Irish artists, including Jack B. Yeats - DACS (The Design and Artists Copyright Society):
  • For Modern Irish artists, mostly artist’s estates - The National Gallery of Ireland, Images and Licensing department - images&
  • For Living Irish Visual Artists and some artist’s estates -

Out of Copyright

  • The permission to reproduce will be provided by Trinity College Dublin.
  • We will provide you with the appropriate image caption and credit line which must be used.
  • Trinity College Art Collections may impose its own regulations on what may not be photographed due to the age and condition of the work.


  • These guidelines are intended as a general introduction to some relevant aspects of copyright and are not an authoritative interpretation of the law.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with copyright law when using the images from the Trinity College Art Collections.
  • Even when a copy has been made in accordance with the regulations above, users should expressly acknowledge the copyright of such material when using it, such as by referencing the copyright holder and the source or using the credit line provided during by the Curator.