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.

26 October 2013

Inspired by Madge Gill

IMG_6423Over the summer holidays I worked with children at Orleans House Gallery to create drawings of their dreams inspired by the work of Madge Gill, and turn them into group cyanotypes on fabric. IMG_6425

Now I have put their work together to make a dress, inspired by Madge Gill's dresses in Lausanne and Sydney, and it's on display in the new Madge Gill exhibition at Orleans House Gallery.

This is my first venture into dress making and I think I've caught the bug.  Next stop, acquiring a sewing machine of my own!

19 October 2013

Steamy Science at the London Transport Museum

IMG_0754My final Summer Holiday activity for families at the London Transport Museum, written by myself and delivered by freelancers and volunteers, took the form of a demonstration session. IMG_0528 Using some of the equipment belonging to the Museum for schools sessions, we explored the different forms of energy used to keep London's public transport moving.  With a particular focus on steam in the year that a steam engine returned to the underground, we finished the session with an opportunity for children to try out for themselves the effects of built-up pressure, on a very small scale...IMG_0803

16 October 2013

The Dragon Book on Tour

DSC_1331The Dragon Book, finished earlier this year for the Meet the Artist exhibition at Orleans House Gallery, is currently on display at Andover Library as part of an exhibition of work by the Andover Embroiderers Guild.

12 October 2013

Felt Bracelet

IMG_6408Usually, the spontaneous crafts are the most fun.

I was tidying up my desk the other day, and deciding whether to keep the remaining, minimal, scraps of handmade felt, I suddenly found myself with needle and thread, putting together this bracelet...

5 October 2013

Down With It at the London Transport Museum

IMG_0655As described previously, I wrote the Summer Holiday activities for families visiting the London Transport Museum, before training a team of freelancers and volunteers to deliver them.  A second activity looked at the means of getting down to the Underground, in which families made moving models of lifts and escalators.