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.

31 July 2011

Yayoi Kusama ... in Spain

A week in Spain ... I could write about Guernica, Prado or Thyssen-Bornemisza, about Guggenheim, Frank Gehry and the wealth of art in Spanish permanent collections.

But I'm sure you can find that somewhere else if you take a look. I was inspired by a thousand things. And at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, before I even found Picasso's Guernica, my imagination was full to overflowing, by the exhibition on Yayoi Kusama. I think she's even been (or going to be) in Tate or Hayward recently, but my appreciation had to wait for me to visit Spain.

Yayoi Kusama is the polka dot lady. But her epic, evolving career has taken her through west and east, through Miro-esque (but, seeing them for the first time, infinitely more beautiful) paintings of delicate natural beauty (my favourites), through a multitude of textile phalli, all white, explorations of the self, nudity, mirror mazes, lit by a thousand tiny lights, and back to painting, on a huge, vibrant scale.

I like seeing such a long journey, all in one place. I hope my journey is as diverse as that!