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.

30 December 2017

Santa Sticks

20171222_234010Too late for this year, but I can't resist sharing anyway! Merrily made by Feets, her friend Georgia and myself, our last festive hurrah for this year. But I'll remember to bring out my coloured foil collection again - it worked a treat with the little ones!

26 December 2017

Origami at London Transport Museum

20171213_133348I was at the London Transport Museum the other day and rather pleased to see how families had chosen to add their origami creations to the seasonal decor there - it's something I find joyful about families and museums, that they are so proud and excited to contribute their work to something bigger, and not always take it home to put on the fridge!

Origami is replaced by candle holder making over the Christmas holidays, but will be back for a few days at the beginning of January.

19 December 2017

From Paper Plate to Christmas Angel

20171219_120643Another morning of craft with Feets, her friend and Baby Bean. Feets declared she wanted to paint her angel, so finally my reason for hoarding gold paint all that time became clear - it's always a bonus when the children ask to do something feasible!

12 December 2017

Christmas Tree Crafts for Little People

20171208_131018 Trusted with the care of 3 year old Feets, her friend and my baby for the morning, I was keen to find an effective Christmas craft that they could do independently. This worked a treat and kept them happy for a full hour or more! It also had the joy of being entirely flexible - they could fill as many or few milk bottle tops as they wanted, and the tree could grow accordingly. Except that we ran out of bottle tops in the end.

4 December 2017

Origami for Under 5s

I was asked to create a festive origami activity for families to do by themselves as part of the London Transport Museum's seasonal offer.  It celebrated the glorious variety of moquettes that form part of the Museum's collection, and is available until 20 December in a sparkling, festive 'Santa's Garden'.

It really stretched my creative thinking powers to identify origami activities that the youngest children could engage with but I think we landed on something beautiful and rewarding for families of all ages.