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.

29 May 2016

Hooray for Summer Painting!

IMAG1111Oh the joy! When the sun finally came out, Feets and I could finally do what we'd been waiting for all winter ... while she napped, I set up our backyard with our entire stock of cereal boxes (thanks Jenny for this great tip, picked up years ago, on a strong free painting resource), every other recycled object I could find in our house, and a bundle of paint. A few friends, bean bags (foolish), a gin and tonic for the grown ups (shh), and we let them loose.

As I've found every other time we've got messy and bare skin has been available, Feets' main interest was in painting herself.  (We'll keep quiet about the fact that the Mothercare paint for 18 months plus is very high in stain factor!)  We had a LOT of fun.

IMAG1120And the fun didn't finish with painting - we continued into the clean up with a bucket of water and range of clothes that was eventually poured all over our creative masterpiece.

Thank heavens for good weather.  It's a different world from settting up at the dining room table, with everything protected by plastic bags and a strict 'clean up' rule, the moment Feets leaves the table!

22 May 2016

15 May 2016

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

IMAG1128 IMAG1125Feets and I discovered the hidden treasure of Community Greenhouses in Brockwell Park last week. I can't believe I've spent so much time in the park without really noticing them! Or at least, without realising they run activities that make the greenhouses accessible for non-gardeners like myself and Feets. We took part in a 'mucky magic' workshop to celebrate national compost week. Feets is particularly into painting and pouring at the moment, so she was thrilled to make paint from mud, water, and colourful spices. It gave me lots of food for thought for future painting activities!