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.

15 February 2011

It's all about the Sketchbook

Paul Ryan
Last Friday I went to see Manual Setting, an exhibition at the Danielle Arnaud Gallery, in which my friend Ivan Cartwright was exhibiting. It was a supremely interactive exhibition - hardly an exhibition at all, more a gathering of assorted, laid back discussions. And a glorious opportunity to delve into the 'secret life of artists' as the exhibition centred on artists' sketchbooks. Given free range to flick through the sketchbooks of four artists, while the artist sat and watched, only able to explain the work if I asked a question. Aside from Ivan, who fills his sketchbooks with dense, inspiring inks, photoshop experimentations and entertaining diary-esque narrative, I loved the work of Dino Alfier, who somehow gave me permission to be meticulous in my own work, with his, intricate, delicate sketchs.

It was inspiring and motivating for my own sketchbooks, and encouraging too ... the contrast in styles between each artist's approach to the sketchbook seemed to tell me that anything goes ... Well of course it does. It's a sketchbook.