John Dowling

John Dowling


John is a specialist museum mount-maker with over 32 years experience working with top-tier museums both nationally and internationally. Following 26 years at the Victoria & Albert Museum, he has gone on to offer his extensive experience working with temporary exhibitions, permanent collections and installations to many museums in the UK, including the National Army Museum, Natural History Museum, Horniman Museum, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Postal Museum, and RAF Hendon.

He has provided consultancy, design, and manufacturing services on several contracts in UAE for the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, and most recently with Counterculture on Norway’s new National Museum in Oslo.

He works closely with conservators, gallery designers, curators, and museum technicians to provide innovative, high-end solutions to complex display problems, aiming to achieve results offering the best possible standards both aesthetically and for the care of museum objects.

He has a BA(hons) in Fine Art from the University of Guelph in Canada, and an MA from the Wimbledon School of Art in London. He spent many years as a practising artist, and travelled to Kosovo in early 2000 to document the situation in a conflict zone immediately following the war. This was followed by an exhibition of 70 paintings in London from which works were acquired by the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada),the Partriarchate of the Serbian Orthodox Church (Belgrade, Serbia), and the National Army Museum (London, UK).

He has also gained considerable experience renovating period properties in the UK, and took a sabbatical in 2005-6 to rebuild a historic farmhouse in the province of le Marche in Italy. He continued with this project…until losing the house to the Earthquake of 2016.

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