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.

19 January 2014

Stanley Spencer at Somerset House

Some time ago, I drove a group of pensioners to Cookham for a day of painting and art.  It was here that I discovered the work of Stanley Spencer, a long overdue discovery for an art historian, it turned out, and for someone who loves to walk through the towns of the Thames.

So I was excited to hear that more of his work was on display at Somerset House, and finally I went to visit it over the Christmas break.  Heaven in a Hell of War is an exhibition of the paintings made site-specifically for the purpose-built Sandham Memorial Chapel, and they are on an excursion to London.

I'm not sure it's an entirely sensitive or appropriate response to give, but I just find his work beautiful.  Canvases densely packed with figures full of action and activity.  The detail of texture, whether we're looking at mosquito nets, wallpaper patterns of towels, and yet somehow I'm caught by the simplicity of the paintings at the same time.

It makes me want to take out my paintbrushes again, for the first time in a while!