Sharon is a Senior Lecturer and Level 5 Tutor on BA (Hons) Visual Communication, and a tutor on MA Creative Practice at LAU. She is also a filmmaker working largely with the community, third and voluntary sectors. Before education, she worked in television and as an independent filmmaker. Sharon has an MA in Feminism and Visual Arts from University of Leeds, specialising in representations of women in film. She has also travelled widely around Central and South America.

As Level 5 Tutor, Sharon is responsible for the curriculum, teaching and learning, with an emphasis on students’ developing practice. Her PGCE in post-compulsory education means she is keen that learning is distinctive and of the highest quality for undergraduates. Sharon is also a dissertation supervisor to Level 6 students.

Sharon’s research is a development of having worked on films for organisations such as Barnardo’s, Age Concern and Women’s Aid. She has facilitated participatory design projects for community, third and voluntary sector organisations, some of which have been educational participatory design projects involving students on BA (Hons) Visual Communication. Key research themes currently are feminist approaches to filmmaking and the impact of digital technologies on feminist practice and activism.

Exhibitions
Archiving Women in Film and Television, Film, Technology Cluster Exhibition, LAU (January 2016)

Spare Rib & Subversive Stitching, Film (collaboration with Dr. Sam Broadhead), The Process Continues, LAU (January 2015)

Clowns, Film (collaboration with Chip Pans People) Light Night Leeds, 2013

Publications
The Tetley Feast, A Social Design Project, co-authored with M. Springham (ISBN: 978-0-9561970-3-0)

Conference Proceedings
The Tetley Feast, Cumulus, Johannesburg 2014, (o-authored with Marianne Springham.
ISBN 978-0-620-60373-7 Design with the Other 90%
- Cumulus Johannesburg Conference Proceedings
© 2014 Cumulus Johannesburg
(Greenside Design Center and the University of Johannesburg) p. 235

Recent Research Activity

Presentations
Archiving Women in Film and Television – (collaboration with Dr Kate Dosset and Dr Gina Denton, University of Leeds) Presentation and workshop, Glasgow Women’s Library, Radical Film Network Unconference, April 2016

Archiving Women in Film and Television - (collaboration with Dr Kate Dosset and Dr Gina Denton, University of Leeds) Paper & workshop, Women’s History Month, Leeds City Museum, March 2016

Archiving Women in Film and Television - (collaboration with Dr Kate Dosset and Dr Gina Denton, University of Leeds) Presentation and workshop, i-Docs Symposium, UWE Bristol, March 2016

Spare Rib & Subversive Stitching – Paper & Film at Radical Film Network conference, Birmingham University – (Feb. 2015)

Screening Events
Feminist Filmmaking 1 Screening, Hyde Park Picture House, May 2015
Feminist Filmmaking 2 Screening, Hyde Park Picture House, May 2016
Feminist Filmmaking 3 Screening, Hyde Park Picture House, May 2017
(collaboration as part of FAFF research project with Dr Kate Dosset and Dr Gina Denton, University of Leeds, and with Hyde Park Picture House, Vera Media and Leeds Animation Workshop