About me

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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, a visual artist, a mobile photographer and an environmentalist based in Sydney. I swapped my brushes and studio for books and the lecture theatre  in 2009 in order 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.

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RESUME

Paula Broom

Education:

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:
Solo:

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, for Head On 2015, ArtSite Gallery, Camperdown, Sydney

2014, Schism, Gallery Mercure, Sydney

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

Group:

2017, Sculptures at Killalea, Shellharbour (upcoming)

2017, 9th Annual Hidden Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk, Lidcombe

2017, AddOn 2017 , Head On Photo Festival, Paddington Town Hall

2017, Mobile Photography Awards Finalists exhibition, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney

2017, Trees as part of Tree Veneration Society, Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge, NSW

2016, Renewal, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Newtown

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

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

2016, Photo Independent Art Fair – The Mobile Photography Show, Raleigh Studios Hollywood USA

2016, The 2015 “24 Hour Project” exhibition, GkJE / Loco Project Pop Up Gallery, Sydney

2016, 5th Annual Mobile Photography Awards Winners Exhibition, Sixteen Mile Arts, Milton, Ontario

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

2015, Light & Dark Matters, images for workshop with Oliver Lang & Institute of Physics, Tate Modern, London (upcoming)

2015, 24 Hour Project exhibit with INK361 as part of Helsinki Design Week, Helsinki, Finland

2015, MobFORMAT, via Mobile Photo Network as part of FORMAT International Photo Festival, Derby, UK

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

2014, Good Thinking 99, Gallery Mercure, Sydney

2014, Shadow Stories (Digital Display), Holcim Gallery, Toronto

2014, Shadow Stories, SOHO Arthouse, New York

2012, Mined Earth, COFA Space, 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

Achievements:

2017, Finalist, Head On Photo Festival Mobile Photography Awards

2017, Honourable Mentions in Silhouette and The Darkness Categories, 6th Mobile Photo Awards

2016, 2nd Place Win for Photo Essay The old Loftus Tramshed, 5th Mobile Photography Awards

2016, 2nd Place Win, iPhotographer Magazine Pets Cover Contest with White Goldfish Nothing Else

2015, Visual Arts: Excellence in Genre Award, Sydney Fringe Festival for When Less Isn’t More

2015, Honourable Mention, Performing Arts Category, 4th Mobile Photography Awards

2014, Triple finalist, Art After Dark, Kings Cross Festival, Sydney

2012, Finalist, Mobile Masters Challenge, “Mobile Masters – Crossing the Threshold”

1996, Scholarship Award, School of Visual Arts, New York

Teaching / Workshops and Relevant Work:

2017, 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 

2017, Komorebi workshop, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse representing Tree Veneration Society

2017, Looking closely at leaves and seeds, PlantBank Open Day macro photography workshop with the Tree Veneration Society, The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

2016, Photos on themes of Midsummer Night’s Dream, for the Sydney Theatre Company’s social media

2016, Macro Photos with a Smart Phone, via the Tree Veneration Society, BEAMS Festival, Chippendale

2016, Discovering Trees Via Your Senses, as part of the Tree Veneration Society for Sydney Science Week, Mount Annan, Campbeltown and Centennial Park, Sydney

2016, Street Photography Masterclass – Tips for Shooting Street with an iPhone, Apple Store Sydney

2016, Ambassador for Sydney, 24 Hour Project

2015-present, Co-manager of the Sydney hub of Instagramers on Instagram @igerssydney

2015-2016, Editor-at-Large, Australia, Shooter PhotoMobile Magazine, Sydney/Spain

2013, 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:

Interviews:

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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