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Teesside has world-wide animation appeal

The University of Teesside is getting animated this month (August) with the appointment of Sheila Graber as Animator in Residence and two courses aimed at young animators.

PRESS CALL - 1.30pm Mon 20 Aug 2001- Sheila Graber and Andrew Liddell, Waterhouse Building, G6A, (opposite University main entrance, King Edward Square, Middlesbrough

Sheila’s ‘Residency’ starts on August 20 and coincides with a one-week summer club for young animators called Club Hype, co-ordinated by Middlesbrough Council’s Arts Development Team. The aim is to work with young people, aged 12 to 18 to explore new media technologies by producing animated films. The work will be shown at the International Animation Festival, to be held at Teesside University early next year.

The University and Skillset are also offering local animators a two-day residential course on 29-30 August to improve techniques in digital sound and non-linear editing. For details contact Ray Giridharan on 01642 384422 or Siobhan Fenton on 01642 342629.

Sheila Graber was appointed to her new post following a world-wide response to the new position, with many applicants attracted by the University of Teesside’s reputation for excellence in Computing and its new courses in Animation and Visualisation.

Jenny Hall, arts development officer for Middlesbrough Borough Council, which is partly financing the project, said: “We are delighted to appoint one of Britain’s best loved animators. Sheila comes from South Shields and is an international figure in the world of animation, having animated the ‘Just So Stories’ for both the BBC and overseas television. Her creative talents also include animating Mr and Mrs Brown for the Paddington Bear series on television. She has appeared on TV herself, including on Tyne Tees Television when she gave advice to a young animator submitting a film for the Royal Television Society’s Young Peoples’ Video Festival.”

Sheila says: “I knew the University had great facilities and I’m hoping to work with the young people and students on making a film and explore the potential of computer animation with them.”

Carol Cooke, Head of the University’s Centre for Digital Arts and Media, said Sheila Graber will be working with a talented Teesside graduate, Andrew Liddell, who recently graduated from the University’s Creative Visualisation degree course.

For more information please contact Jenny Hall on Middlesbrough 515629 or e-mail jenny_hall@middlesbrough.gov.uk. or s.m.fenton@tees.ac.uk

10 August 2001