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.

1 January 2014

Bethlehem Unwrapped

As I walked along Piccadilly the other day, I was surprised to find St James' Church replaced by an enormous concrete wall.  It seemed rather a dramatic thing to have happened quietly to this distinctive spot of central London!

So I looked a bit closer ... and found myself looking at a replica of the wall that is erected through Palestine, the 'separation wall' - something that has always reminded me of the Berlin Wall, which I tend to think of as one of those dreadful, inhumane things they used to do in the olden days.  It's easy to forget that such impossible inhumanities still happen every day.

The wall installation encourages us to add our thoughts to the growing graffiti.  But it also has a projection, showing a mixture of art by children in Bethlehem (all they paint is the wall), an evocative animation of how it would feel to have a wall erected before your very eyes in London, ripping through the centre of Picadilly, Trafalgar Square and separating you from everything that's familiar, and a collection of other pieces, also on display in the church itself, behind the wall.