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.

3 September 2014

The Summer Exhibition

I seem to have been to a lot of open exhibitions this summer!  Which means I come back to my blog and reel off the list of artists I've newly discovered.  So when I went to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy I decided to choose just one artist that I liked.

It always interests me at the Summer Exhibition that, without fail, I can walk into a room of beautiful work, and find myself accidentally picking out the work by the most established artists.  It somehow seems to justify their role as an 'established artist', that the naked eye is still drawn first to their work.  Perhaps though it also admits that realistically, the majority of the work in the Summer Exhibition is by Royal Academicians...

Anyway, I was fascinated by the work of Emma Stibbon RA.  Wild, deserted, tundra covered landscapes, all in stark but textured black and white.  They remind me of some of the more textured collographs I've seen, and of my dreams to travel to the most remote places of the earth.

And so I'm curious to explore her medium - which varies, but for most of the works in the exhibition, seemed to be Polychrome print.  Whether this is how she did or not, I have yet to find out, but I'm curious to try the idea of painting a textured material onto the printing plate and using that to create the print.  Watch this space ...