Location: St. John’s Church Hall, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge, DH8 9TJ

Saturday 17th October 2020 10.00am

Full details to follow

Saturday 21st March 2020 10.00am

Sheila Graber Animation in AV

 Born and raised in South Shields, Sheila graduated from Sunderland College of Fine Art and began a career in teaching in Birmingham. She started animation in 1970 and produced a series of short programmes which were distributed world-wide.  

One film about the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian was screened at the Tate Gallery and on BBC’s Blue Peter. This lead to Sheila creating the animation for Paddington Bear and Mr and Mrs Brown for the BBC television series ‘Paddington’. From there, came the "Just So Stories" in 1980 — a 10-episode series based on Rudyard Kipling's classic tales.

Sheila took a position at the University of Teesside, as the Animator in Residence before accepting the role of Senior Research and Teaching Fellow in Animation at Sunderland University where she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for Outstanding services to Education and Art. Sheila still holds the position of visiting Professor to the University of Sunderland. She has created over 60 shorts and three series for World TV including the BBC and holds many awards for her work including the Royal Television Society Best Digital Designer and she is an Honorary Fellow of the IAC. With experience ranging from cell animation to digital creation, Sheila is perfectly qualified to be talking to the NAVGroup about how we can prepare and include animation in our AVs and she has entitled her talk ‘Animation as Communication… and a Cat.’ As Sheila says, “I will outline how I have set about animation from Super 8 film in 1973 to present day iPad in order to communicate ideas and encourage others to do the same. A cat has been and still is my constant companion on this journey.”

Cost: - £14.00


Arrival, morning, lunchtime and afternoon tea or coffee are included in this price.


Lunches can be provided at £7.00 each but they must be ordered in advance (see the reply slip below). If you prefer to bring your own lunch you are still welcome to have tea and coffee if you wish to do so.

All bookings must be received at least 7 days before the meeting, even if lunch is not required.

Attendees Sequences


There will be the usual opportunity in the programme for attendees to show their own AVs using Pictures To Exe (PTE or AV Studio 10) or ProShowGold before an appreciative and expert audience.  Please note that sound and picture reproduction in the hall is unlikely to be exactly the same as that produced by your own home equipment and that we cannot adjust this equipment to suit individual sequences


For this meeting will you please submit your sequences to Stuart Edgar.    Please follow these instructions:


Send your executable file to Stuart using the following programme – https://www.wetransfer.com following the web site instructions using his Email address stuart.edgar2@btinternet.com. If this is not possible send the executable file on CD/Memory Stick to Stuart at Greensyke, Kirkbampton, Carlisle, CA5 6HX.


To allow time for the sequences to be assessed they must be with Stuart about 2 weeks before the meeting; a precise date will be announced later. Any sequences arriving after this date cannot be reviewed and therefore won't be screened on the day.   Sequences will be accepted in the order in which they are received.

Payment Details


1. Payment by internet banking.  Please use this method if possible.


I must receive payment and the booking form details at least 7 days before the meeting even if lunch is not required.


Bank details.   Sort Code: 40-16-22     Account number: 02383527 

On the same day that you make the bank transfer send an e-mail to me at: pandj@uwclub.net providing the details shown on the booking form below.    Or send me a completed booking form as an attachment to the e-mail.


2. Payment by cheque.


Send a cheque and a copy of the booking form below by post. I must receive these at least 7 days before the meeting even if lunch is not required.


Please make cheques payable to The Northern Audio Visual Group and send your completed booking form and cheque to: 


Mr Paul Hogarth. 11 Conniscliffe Road. Hexham. NE46 2LW.  Tel: 01 434 606947.


Please enclose an SAE if directions to Snods Edge and/or an acknowledgement are required. Please note that directions can be obtained from the DIRECTIONS page of the website.


3. Payment at door.


If you wish to do so you can just turn up and pay at the door, but you will not then be able to have lunch or enter a sequence.


You can find further information on our website www.thenorthernavgroup.co.uk

Booking Form

If you are wishing to complete the Booking Form using an Ipad or Iphone please read the file "Using Ipad or Iphone".

Using Ipad or Iphone

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