Naomi Ullmann is an Illawarra-based artist. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Western Sydney, (2002) and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the City Art Institute (COFA), University of NSW (1987). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Comparative Sociology (Macquarie University, 1995).

Ullmann has held solo exhibitions throughout Australia, including: the Wollongong Art Gallery 2012, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney (2012); New England Regional Art Gallery (2011 and 2007); Sydney Jewish Museum (2002); The Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne (2002); and Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney University (2000).

Awards and grants have included the Willoughby Art Prize 2005, Carnivale 2000, University of Western Sydney Masters Research Grant, 2002 and Cite International des Arts, Paris studio residency through the Art Gallery of NSW, 1990.

Her work has been included in numerous curated group shows and she has been a finalist in the Archibald (1988), Sulman (2003), Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2012) and the Portia Geach Memorial Art prizes (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

Her current work in drawing, painting and mapping, explores the Indian Ocean as a liminal space of migration, cultural memory and identity. Inherent to this research, lies the question: Is migration a human right?

This research follows previous work that employed painting, shadow projections and snow domes to explore landscape, memory and identity through both her own and other Jewish family’s histories and forced migrations (often by boat).


artist, naomi ullmann in her studio