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About Urbis Felicitas
Urbis Felicitas (city of happiness) is an exhibition of fine art prints by more than 40 artists who take inspiration from Mountjoy Square and its immediate environs.
One of only five Georgian Squares in Dublin city, the square was planned in the late 18th Century by Luke Gardiner and completed in 1818. It is an obvious source of inspiration for members of Graphic Studio Dublin, many of whom pass through the square on their daily walk to work in the largest fine art print studio in Ireland, on the North Circular Road. Participating artists met local residents, visited homes, and took engaging tours of the square, which has housed many prominent characters over the years including James Joyce, WB Yeats and Séan O’Casey.
In the resulting exhibition, artists cast their critical eye on this inner city urban area, causing us to reassess our perception and appreciation of this overlooked treasure. Interior and exterior architectural features and furnishings, which express the 18th century Georgian splendour of this place, are among the depicted subjects, each perceived through a different lens.
A small number of limited edition box sets, containing the entire exhibition are available.