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Paddington animator returns home
Sheila Graber
Sheila Graber worked on the Paddington Bear TV series
One of the UK's most celebrated animators has returned to her roots to pass on her skills to students.

Sheila Graber - famous for her work on Paddington Bear - is back at Sunderland University to teach in the classrooms she last sat in as a student in 1959.

She will teach on the university's BA (Hons) Animation course, believed to be the first degree of its type in the UK.

She graduated from Sunderland's Fine Art course and, after 20 years teaching, turned to animation.

Writing book

She has won several major awards from the Royal Television Society, shown her work in the Tate and several other galleries, as well as spoken worldwide on animation.

She made a name for herself working for Filmfair on classic animations such as Paddington Bear, where she animated Paddington and his human "parents" Mr and Mrs Brown.

It's a real two-way process and I hope I inspire them as much as they inspire me
Sheila Graber

Now, after 45 years she has returned to Sunderland, as senior research and teaching fellow in animation.

As well as teaching final year students, Ms Graber will also be writing a book on animation and the creative process over the next three years.

She said: "It's great to be back in Sunderland. It's basically the same, only now it doesn't reek of oil paint all the time - which must say something about the technological advances!

"I've been teaching workshops all over the world for the last few years, from nursery school children upwards, but it's great to work with older students.

"It's a real two-way process and I hope I inspire them as much as they inspire me."

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