As an artist Sheila makes work that manifests in a range of media - performance, installation, participatory event and moving image. She works both as a solo and collaborative artist, and originally trained in contemporary dance.

She is interested in the relationship between art and science with particular focus on hybridity, crossings, carefully controlled experiments, the practice of medicine and care, colour, genetics and love. She is an artist who champions making work for the passer-by.

She has shown work at venues and festivals across Europe including Belluard Bollwerk International in Switzerland, Fierce Festival in Birmingham, NRLA in Glasgow, Trouble Festival in Brussels, Performance Space in Sydney and the Wellcome Collection in London.

As a collaborative artist she is a long-standing Associate Artist of Blast Theory and has toured and performed nationally and internationally for them and many other companies (Duckie, Rajni Shah Theatre, Pacitti Company).  She also teaches in Academic contexts and regularly mentors artists and students and gives public talks.

Sheila is an Associate Artist for Clod Ensemble's Performing Medicine Project, regularly working with medical students across London and is currently an Associate Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Birkbeck.

In addition, universities she has taught at include University of Salford, University of Hull (Scarborough), University of Birmingham (School of Education) and King's College London. 

She has mentored both Independent Artists and students undertaking post-graduate courses at University of Chichester, a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies) in Brussels and Queen Mary University of London.

Sites and spaces she has given talks at include Buzzcut (Sideburns), University of Roehampton, SIGNAL at CIFAS in Brussels, Hampton Library, Siobhan Davies Studios, Queen Mary University (Keynote Speaker at Gobsmacked), Theatre Genvilliers in Paris, SOAS University South Asian Society, SpeedDateRadio, the LIFT Parliament, Southbank Centre Square, London (broadcast live on Resonance FM), at Battersea Arts Centre's Inspiration Week (family) and at Artists in Conversation Resensitised Symposium, Bonnington Gallery Theatre, Nottingham.

In 2006 she was recipient of an Artsadmin Artists Bursary award.

She is a member of several self-initiated artists groups including the now disbanded Living Room Project which received funding from both the Austrailia Council and Arts Council England to undertake a 6 week residency in Sydney.

Sheila is currently putting together a group of experts and peers who will become an adhoc advisory board for her practice. Their names will be listed here soon.

In Sheila's old studio (2013) Photograph by John Hunter

In Sheila's old studio (2013) Photograph by John Hunter

Rat Rose Bird 2013, Photograph by Adam Levy

Rat Rose Bird 2013, Photograph by Adam Levy

Producer Sally Rose

Sheila worked with Sally Rose as a part time Producer between 2012-2018. In 2019 Sally Rose decided to take a well-deserved break from producing and reflect on her next steps. Sheila and Sally first met in 2008 when Sally worked at BAC and she supported one of Sheila's projects.  Sally remains a trusted advisor to Sheila.

Lighting Designer Marty Langthorne

Another regular collaborator is Lighting Designer Marty Langthorne who has worked with Sheila since 2004. He has created designs for shows at a range of venues, including the Southbank Centre, Sadlers Wells and Barbican Theatre as well as in multiple site specific and gallery contexts. With Sheila he has worked on Grafting & Budding, White Squall, Sugar Sugar White, Give Me Land Lots of Land, Nurse Knows Best, Covet Me Care For Me, Rat Rose Bird, Rambles with Nature and Sulphur.

Where often audiences expect to see the odd un-sanded edge or unpeeled label there are none, and the attention to detail is striking.
— Exeunt, 2013
In a multi-layered performance, Ghelani makes fascinating use of multi-media forms.
— The F Word, 2013
Installing Covet Me Care For Me at Bethesda Chapel, Stoke (2015) Photograph by Elaine Titley

Installing Covet Me Care For Me at Bethesda Chapel, Stoke (2015) Photograph by Elaine Titley