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.

17 March 2013

Harry Ellam at Sands Films Studio

When visiting my friend in Rotherhithe a few weeks ago, she took me to visit a film studio based just around the corner.  Sands Films focuses on period dramas, and on display in the ancient, enticing ground floor of the building, bewitched by beams and stacks of archives, was an exhibition of costumes embroidered by Harry Ellam, an accountant turned embroiderer who has now passed away.
I was bewitched!  The discovery of a new place tucked down a quiet street, so full of mystery and atmosphere, added to which was the incredible meticulousness and the patience of a man who was both a scientist and an artist, made my day.  From slippers, to blouses, to bags and buttons, the inspiration was magical and I need to go back for a little longer ... with a sketchbook.