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.

27 September 2015

Soft Monuments in Bergen

In Bergen, Norway, I found myself in a textile exhibition at KODE 2 gallery.  What a place to land in!  Soft Monuments was a display of the Museums textile collection by women in the last 25 years.  The variety was amazing, and reminded me again and again of the versatility and sensuality of textiles as a medium.  I want to share everything I saw here, but I'll settle for a taste.  Inspired though I was by the re-used and recycled fabrics, the highlight for me was a political piece.  
IMAG0198 In Wounds, Mari Meen Halsoy visited destroyed buildings in Beirut, Lebanon, and traced the holes left by bullets.  Then she sat in the building and worked on a frame loom to create woven pieces to fill the holes.  The thoughtfulness, respect and labour-of-love of the project really appealed to me, perhaps thanks in part to my own love of weaving.