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.

20 March 2016

The Venice Chronicles

I've just been on another 'graphic novel' adventure. With the library closing, I thought I'd max out my card on this expensive and risky literary form ... and I hit jackpot!  I chose The Venice Chronicles by Enrico Casarosa because I liked the illustration style on the cover.  And for pages 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ... I wasn't sure.  It was a rambling without narrative, directionless internal monologue with out a strong sense of place or character.
And then, before I knew it, I'd slipped into it.  Into this fabulous form of drawing a personal diary - not just a diary of what he did from day to day, but a diary of past, present (and future?!), and a diary, like any interesting diary, of personal reflections, self-analysis, existentialism and wondering.  The power and skill of creating this visually blew my mind.  And, as an artist, it was of course a sketchbook too - random tangents into an obsession with small Italian cars, for example.

And then ... just to keep me on my toes, he went virtual.  He sent me to sketchcrawl.com and now I just have to insist on my family all doing a sketchcrawl one day.  And he showed me a video, and opened up the whole of his creative world.

So now I want to go to Venice.  And keep a visual journal.