Sharon is a Senior Lecturer and Level 5 Tutor on BA (Hons) Visual Communication, and a tutor on MA Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University. 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.

Book Sections

Hooper, S. and Springham, M. (2015) Introduction. In: D. Collins, ed., The Tetley Feast. Leeds: Leeds College of Art, pp. 8-9.

Hooper, S. and Springham, M. (2015) The Importance and Benefits of Co-developing Arts Curriculum Whilst Connecting with Communities. In: D. Collins, ed. The Tetley Feast. Leeds: Leeds College of Art, pp. 53-60.

Conference Proceedings

Hooper, S. and Springham, M. (2014) The Tetley Feast: A Community-Engaged Participatory Design Project. In: Design with the other 90%: Cumulus Johannesburg Conference Proceedings. University of Johannesburg and Greenside Design Center, p. 235.

Exhibitions

Group Exhibition. (2016) ‘Archiving Women in Film and Television’ [Film], Technology Cluster Exhibition. Leeds Arts University.

Broadhead, S. and Hooper, S. (2015) ‘Spare Rib & Subversive Stitching’ [Film], The Process Continues. Leeds Arts University. 26 January – 13 March 2015.

Hooper, S. and Chip Pans People. (2013) ‘Clowns’ [Film], Light Night Leeds. 4 October 2013.

Screening Events

Denton, G., Dosset, K. and Hooper, S. Feminist Filmmaking 1. Hyde Park Picture House. May 2015. Collaboration as part of FAFF research project with Hyde Park Picture House, Vera Media and Leeds Animation Workshop.

Denton, G., Dosset, K. and Hooper, S. Feminist Filmmaking 2. Hyde Park Picture House. May 2016. Collaboration as part of FAFF research project with Hyde Park Picture House, Vera Media and Leeds Animation Workshop.

Denton, G., Dosset, K. and Hooper, S. Feminist Filmmaking 3. Hyde Park Picture House. May 2017. Collaboration as part of FAFF research project with Hyde Park Picture House, Vera Media and Leeds Animation Workshop.

Conferences, Talks & Presentations

Denton, G., Dosset, K. and Hooper, S. ‘Archiving Women in Film and Television’, Radical Film Network Unconference. Glasgow Women’s Library. 30 April 2016.

Denton, G., Dosset, K. and Hooper, S. ‘Archiving Women in Film and Television’ [paper and workshop], Women’s History Month. Leeds City Museum.

Denton, G., Dosset, K. and Hooper, S. ‘Archiving Women in Film and Television’ [presentation and workshop], i-Docs Symposium. UWE Bristol. 2 March – 4 March 2016.

Hooper, S. ‘Spare Rib & Subversive Stitching’ [paper and film], Radical Film Network Conference. University of Birmingham. 7 February – 8 February 2015.