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.

4 April 2017

Jo Brocklehurst

I had never heard of Jo Brocklehurst, but of course I popped into her exhibition when I went to the House of Illustration.  And she's fabulous!  Booming portraits, popping off the wall, a great sense of character, adventure and play.  She particularly painted the punks of her neighbourhood, leading to paintings that explode with attitude (I notice that, though every pose is different, eyes are looking up in faces that display attitude!), bold black and white, neon, gold ...
And the last room of the exhibition was dedicated to her re-enactment and casting of Alice in Wonderland, using clubbers and punks, people who make and accessorise their own clothes, as models.  She then invited people to 'tea' and lit her work up with UV light.  I found this, fun, fascinating and inspiring.  I don't generally tend to create full-scale performance / installations like this (perhaps time, space, money, audience are all hindrances!) but I LOVE to see them!