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.

21 May 2012

Alighiero Boetti

I recently went to see Alighiero Boetti's Game Plan at Tate Modern.  It's not the exhibition I would be most likely to see, but the logical, pattern seeking mind of one friend and the map-loving mind of Liam made it an obvious social-cultural excursion.  And, as is often the case with life-long retrospectives, I was blown away by the variety and beauty of some of his pieces.

Alighiero Boetti was fascinated by mathematical patterns, codes and the aesthetic effects of random-ness.  I found these elements intriguing, but I should confess that, as and aestheticist first and foremost, I was attracted by his embroidered works.  And then, even more so, by the stunning effects he was able to get with his works in biro - and how closely these wavering rows of methodical biro colouring resembled the ordered rows of the embroidered pieces.

I'm afraid I also can't help returning to a frustration that all the things that inspire me most, tend to have been created not by the artist himself, who is responsible for the concept, but by his workshops, particularly in Pakistan, who have the most incredible skill for these - and no idea, in most cases, of why they are doing it!

I guess, at heart, I'm a maker.