About me

Born and raised in Devon in the UK, I moved to Australia in 1998 after finishing my studies in Fine Art at London’s Middlesex University.  Now I am a mother, visual artist, photographer and an environmentalist based in Sydney. I swapped my brushes and studio for books and the lecture theatre  in 2009 to pursue a Masters in Environmental Management at the University of New South Wales.   Even before I graduated in June 2014, I felt that those studies had left me with a much altered world view and a need to communicate what I had learned.

My research and learning impressed upon me the need – the urgency even – for art to play a central role in our turbulent times: to question and inspire, but ultimately to assist society in the transition towards our presently uncertain future.  My interest lies in the nexus between art, nature and society: not just in the inherent tension and contradictions contained therein, but also in the endless possibilities to transform and improve the world around us. I believe art can reconnect us to our natural world, our built environments, to ourselves, our health and each other, and ultimately to a sense of higher purpose.

After more than a decade of ill health – or rather dis-ease – which I hope has finally finished with the diagnosis of and treatment for breast cancer in 2016, my second cancer –  my work has shifted to include myself more, either through self portraiture or body casts.  I now work in various media, but still mainly photographically, exploring ecological and social issues relating to loss, death, extinction and our collective future including the legacy we are leaving our children. I often combine my practice with my street photography, imbuing my work with a strong sense of place beyond the usual cultural preconceptions of my adopted homeland.

My work has been selected and exhibited overseas and in various online publications and blogs.  I have had four solo exhibitions since getting my Masters in June 2014, and I won the Excellence in Genre Award (Fine Art) for my exhibition “When Less Isn’t More” at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2015. My photo essay on “The Old Loftus Tramshed” won second place in the 5th Mobile Photography Awards (MPAs).  I received two honourable mentions in the 6th MPAs, and was a finalist in the Head On Photo Festival’s Mobile Photography Awards, exhibited at the Museum of Sydney in May 2017.

I am an active member of the environmental artists’ collective the Tree Veneration Society and I co-manage both Instagramers Sydney and Instagramers Australia on Instagram, underpinning my sentiment that art creates a strong sense of place and community by connecting people and creating social cohesion. You can follow me here or on Instagram as @paulabroom ( photography), or as @theoriginalmiss on Instagram (creative digital edits), Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter.

Parakeet     Blue Triangle    Butterfly




Paula Broom


Master of Environmental Management, University of New South Wales, 2009-2013

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Middlesex University, London, 1994-1997

Foundation Course in Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art, London, 1993-1994

Selected Exhibitions:

2015,    When Less Isn’t More v 2.0, GkJE Gallery 2, Sydney

2015,    When Less Isn’t More, GKJE Gallery 1, Potts Point, Sydney

2015,    The Word on the Street, Head On 2015, ArtSite Gallery, Camperdown, Sydney

2014,    Schism, Gallery Mercure, Sydney

2002,    More or Less, Hill on Hargrave Gallery, Sydney


2018,    MAJE (Mobile Art Jazz Experience), Basilica di San Giovanni, Rome

AddOn 2018, Head On Photo Festival, 541 Artspace, Sydney

Sculpture Otherwise, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba

Sculptures at Scenic World, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, NSW 

MAJE (Mobile Art Jazz Experience), Santo Stefano al Ponte, Florence 

2017,     Sculptures at Killalea, Shellharbour

9th Annual Hidden Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk, Lidcombe

AddOn 2017, Head On Photo Festival, Paddington Town Hall

Mobile Photography Awards Finalists, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney

Trees, Tree Veneration Society, Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge, NSW

2016,     Renewal, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Newtown

Thirteen, part of 2016 Head On Photo Festival, Gallery Klei, Sydney, NSW

AddOn 2016, Head On Festival Hub Central, Chippendale, Sydney

Photo Independent Art Fair – The Mobile Photography Show, Raleigh Studios   Hollywood USA

The 2015 “24 Hour Project” exhibition, GkJE / Loco Project Pop Up Gallery, Sydney

5th Annual Mobile Photography Awards Winners Exhibition, Sixteen Mile Arts, Milton, Ontario

2015,    A Bit Blue 3, GKJE Gallery 1, Sydney

Light & Dark Matters, with Oliver Lang & Institute of Physics, Tate Modern,          London

MobFORMAT, via Mobile Photo Network, FORMAT Int. Photo Festival, Derby, UK

2014,     A Bit Blue 2, GKJE Gallery 1, Potts Point, Sydney

Good Thinking 99, Gallery Mercure, Sydney

Shadow Stories (Digital Display), Holcim Gallery, Toronto

Shadow Stories, SOHO Arthouse, New York

2012,    Mined Earth, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

2011,    Wall of Dreams, “Pixel Revolution”, Unit24 Gallery, London.

2003,    Untitled Group exhibition, Maree Mizon Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

2002,    Various group exhibitions, Hill on Hargrave, Paddington, Sydney

2001,    Group exhibition, Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

1998,    Inside Out, Queens Wood, Highgate, London



Finalist, Australian Photography Awards, Mobile Category

Finalist, Head On Photo Festival Mobile Photography Awards, Mobile Category

Honourable Mentions in Silhouette and The Darkness Categories, 6th Mobile Photo Awards


2nd Place Win for Photo Essay The old Loftus Tramshed, 5th Mobile Photography Awards

2nd Place Win, iPhotographer Magazine Pets Cover Contest with White Goldfish Nothing Else


Visual Arts: Excellence in Genre Award, Sydney Fringe Festival for When Less Isn’t More

Honourable Mention, Performing Arts Category, 4th Mobile Photography Awards


Triple finalist, Art After Dark, Kings Cross Festival, Sydney


Finalist, Mobile Masters Challenge, “Mobile Masters – Crossing the Threshold”


Scholarship Award, School of Visual Arts, New York

Teaching / Workshops and Relevant Work:


Collaboration with Nerine Martini for her 2018 exhibition Precarious, M Contemporary, Sydney

Macro Photography with a Smart Phone workshops for Tree Veneration Society  as part of the Sydney Science Festival, at Science in the Swamp, Centennial Park, and Science in the Wild at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan 

Macro Photography with a Smart Phone workshop for Tree Veneration Society as part of National Tree Day with Waverley Council  at Bronte Gully, Bronte, NSW

Komorebi workshop, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse representing Tree Veneration Society

Looking closely at leaves and seeds, PlantBank Open Day macro photography workshop with the Tree Veneration Society, The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan


Photos on themes of Midsummer Night’s Dream, for the Sydney Theatre Company’s social media

Macro Photos with a Smart Phone, via the Tree Veneration Society, BEAMS Festival, Chippendale

Discovering Trees Via Your Senses, as part of the Tree Veneration Society for Sydney Science Week, Mount Annan, Campbeltown and Centennial Park, Sydney

Street Photography Masterclass – Tips for Shooting Street with an iPhone, Apple Store Sydney

Ambassador for Sydney, 24 Hour Project


Co-manager of the Sydney hub of Instagramers on Instagram @igerssydney


Editor-at-Large, Australia, Shooter PhotoMobile Magazine, Sydney/Spain


Research Assistant / Demonstrator, Imaging the Land International Research Initiative, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

Residencies and relevant memberships:

2016-present, Member, NAVA
2016- present, Member, The Tree Veneration Society, Sydney
2008, Artist-in-Residence, The Wilderness Society, Surry Hills.
2007, Artist-in-Residence, 100 Years of Australian Art, Holy Cross Primary, Woollahra.
2006-2007, Visiting artist, The Grace Childcare Centre, Bondi Junction.
2005, Artist-in-residence, Bronte by the Sea, Bronte Public School, Bronte.


Web Pages, Publications and Blogs:


Broom, Paula.  Interview about When Less Isn’t More as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2015. Arts Thursday with Philip James and Vicki Grace, Eastside Radio, Paddington, Sydney, 20 August 2015. Radio.

Broom, Paula. Interview about Schism. Arts Monday with Leah Haynes Eastside Radio, Paddington, Sydney, 1 September 2014. Radio

Broom, Paula. Interview about Schism. The Lulu and Jack Show, Radio Northern Beaches. Sydney. 23 September 2014. Radio.


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