Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working with museums and galleries, and an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects.

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.

8 November 2017

Orleans Autumn

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Last week I made a glorious, nostalgic return to Orleans House, where I will be leading the Art Forum for the rest of the term.  It was one of those days (already behind us, I fear), when the world is on your side - the sun shines cold and crisp on crunchy autumn leaves and all the colours are set alive.  The woods in the Gallery grounds have always been magical for me, and this day I opened the gate to be assaulted by the smell of some late blossom - an utter surprise at this time of year.

20171025_110304 20171025_105739I am amused to discover that colleagues think of me when they walk through the woods, because apparently I rave about them so much.  But who wouldn't, when in the course of traveling to work, you are transported from a trafficky, highly polluted (and culturally awesome) Brixton to this little oasis of tranquility and peace, just seconds from the river?

Orleans House Gallery is surrounded by fencing, traffic cones and folk in hard hats, as it comes to the end of its dramatic HLF-funded restoration, giving it a whole new floor and enabling infinitely better access to the collection.