Megan Dowsett is a freelance creative consultant working with museums and galleries.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

Her core values come down to two simple things:

People: At the heart of everything she does, people are there – be it audiences of any age or background, volunteers, staff or freelancers and apprentices. She believes that the best projects take everybody with them on a learning journey.

Creativity: In every role she’s taken, creativity has played a key priority. Working in Museums and Galleries, creativity brings a valuable opportunity to think about the same things in a different way.

Museums and galleries are the perfect place to bring the joy of discovery and magic of adventure to everyone who passes through the doors - and to invite those who haven't yet braved these sometimes intimidating buildings, to do so in a dynamic and inviting way.

Over twelve years working in these exciting settings, Megan has developed extensive experience in both managing and delivering creative projects that engage with a wide variety of audiences.

9 July 2010

3foot People

Chelmsford's 3foot People Festival ... one of the most adventurous, brave, utterly fun, wacky and inspiring events I've come across - for children under 5. It presents quite a challenge, coming up with original and creative art activities for children that little. Especially if you're accustomed to children who can speak and hold a pencil. Two years ago I tried experimental printing, had a wonderful time and made an incredible mess. I thought I'd conserve on mess factor this time and use watercolours to create 'Secret Paintings'. An idea that went down so well that Dawn and I spent Wednesday evening drawing another 500 pictures in candle wax. It was great to give youngsters a chance simply to paint, and yet still enjoy the magic of a picture appearing beneath it. 700 children later ... yes, I think it was worth it!