Sheryl is a freelance animator and filmmaker working mainly in the North East, North West, Cumbria and Yorkshire. Her work includes collaborative projects with artists, schools, community groups, and education and arts organisations, creating independent film work, artist's residencies and developing film content for online education resources.
Sheryl plans animation projects to suit the skills and abilities of the participants involved and often covers various animation styles (including drawn, model, cut-out, abstract/experimental), filmmaking (including green screen and editing), and digital arts using tablets, apps and digital photography. Participants use animation and film to explore a variety of themes from curriculum topics such as history, science and maths to local culture and heritage to mental health and personal stories. Animation projects have involved different groups of participants including Early Years groups to KS4 students, community organisations, prisoners, youth groups, asylum seekers, children, adults with learning difficulties and older people.
Sheryl's own animated work is often inspired by heritage and local history. She mainly works with traditional animation techniques – drawn, cut-out, collage and model. In recent years Sheryl has been developing new work using animation apps to mix digital drawing and traditional animation processes.
Sheryl’s independent film work and collaborative productions have been shown and displayed at The Sage Gateshead, Northumbria University, Sunderland Air Show, MICE (International Exhibition of Educational Cinema) in Valencia, Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth, Locomotion NRM Shildon, The Royal School of Art, Flip Animation Festival, Northern Print Studios, Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and Animated Exeter.