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Youth of the Island exhibition pictured above will feature the Portrait of Eva, 2020, Portrait of Moya, 2020, Shauna with her cousin, 2021 and Jaden in his front yard, 2021. Pictures: Tamara Eckhardt Youth of the Island exhibition pictured above will feature the Portrait of Eva, 2020, Portrait of Moya, 2020, Shauna with her cousin, 2021 and Jaden in his front yard, 2021. Pictures: Tamara Eckhardt

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Youth of the Island, a collection of portraits by Tamara Eckhardt April 20 – June 11 at Ormston House

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Youth of the Island exhibition pictured above will feature the Portrait of Eva, 2020, Portrait of Moya, 2020, Shauna with her cousin, 2021 and Jaden in his front yard, 2021. Pictures: Tamara Eckhardt

Award-winning documentary photographer Tamara Eckhardt’s exhibition comes to the cultural resource centre 

Youth of the Island Streetscene, 2020, by Tamara Eckhardt
Streetscene, 2020, by Tamara Eckhardt

Youth of the Island Field, a collection of portraits by award-winning documentary photographer Tamara Eckhardt comes to cultural resource centre Ormston House from Wednesday, April 20 to Saturday, June 11, 2022. 

Tamara lived in Ireland as a child, and her work often focuses on themes of childhood and growing up. Since 2019, she has been visiting and accompanying young people on the Island Field, and getting to know their families.


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Built in the 1930s, St Mary’s Park was the first social housing estate in Limerick, and is known locally as the Island Field. There is a strong community spirit in St Mary’s Park, where everyone knows everyone, is fiercely loyal, and suspicious of outsiders. The living conditions in the area are difficult, yet the young people develop coping skills, and find ways to divert themselves. Tamara has spent so much time with them that they have come to suspend suspicion, and to trust in her and her camera.

Tamara Eckhardt (b. 1995) lives and works as a portrait and documentary photographer in Berlin. She has been awarded and shortlisted for numerous awards including the International Women Photographers Association Award, Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award, German Youth Photo Award, Kolga Tbilisi Newcomer Award, and the World Report Award.

Youth of the Island Field will run from 20 April to 11 June 2022. The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Limerick City & County Council.

About Ormston House

Ormston House is a meeting place for the arts in the heart of Limerick City. Their programme is co-designed with artists and citizens, resulting in community partnerships, multi-annual projects and cultural events that are responsive to the city and its context. They have developed a participatory model to connect curatorial practice with local knowledge and activism.

They are based at 9-10 Patrick Street, where we have a long-term lease from Limerick City & County Council.

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