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.

6 February 2012

Grayson Perry and Alan Measles

I took myself on a date last week. A date with Grayson Perry and Alan Measles, at the British Museum. Lovely to finally meet them both! It's inspiring to visit an exhibition where the curating is as intriguing as the pieces on display, and it suits me perfectly to visit British Museum objects through the eyes of an artist. I don't think I learnt an atom of history, but I thought a lot about the significance and meaning of things, whether they centred on the idolatry of Alan Measles, Grayson's teddy bear, or the illustrated stories of ancient cultures.

One of the main observations I left with, was the realisation that so few of Grayson's works are crafted by himself, causing me to question whether he is really the craftsman? But at least he raised the question, by naming the steelcasters and weaving workshops who created his pieces. I think this was his point exactly. Nobody knows who made the British Museum objects - they are the works of 'The Unknown Craftsman'.