How SHC helped The Bowes Museum launch Vivienne Westwood to the North East

Most of you will know that Sarah Hall Consulting was involved with the launch of the highly acclaimed ‘Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition: 1973-2011’ in partnership with The Bowes Museum and it's great to report the event was a huge success. The Bowes Museum is the only other UK venue outside of London on the exhibition’s world-wide tour and is currently showcasing over 100 shoe designs by the celebrated and much-loved designer. Following Friday's big event and the build up to this, visitor numbers have gone through the roof.

Sarah Hall Consulting was asked to provide event management, sponsorship and PR support having previously approached the team with ideas for growing The Bowes Museum brand. Although we felt everything went smoothly, we were thrilled to hear that everyone at Bowes thought so too.

Joanna Hashagen, Keeper of Textiles at The Bowes Museum, said: “Sarah Hall Consulting did a fantastic job and it is thanks to the team there that the launch was such a huge success. From brokering sponsorship deals, providing media relations support, developing the highest calibre invite list, finding caterers, musicians – the list goes on – we knew that everything would be in place on the night and the launch would be the perfect platform for the exhibition. I can’t recommend the consultancy highly enough.”

Of course, here at Sarah Hall Consulting, we are long-term fans of Vivienne Westwood (and The Bowes!) so getting involved with the exhibition was not a difficult decision and it has been a privilege to be involved with such a world-class event. As far as we're concerned, Joanna and The Bowes Museum are to be commended for drawing the exhibition to the North East and we look forward to working with them again in future.

In case you're wondering, picture one is of Sarah Hall Consulting MD, Sarah Hall, with Mike Owen, MD of Violet Bick, a key event sponsor. The second speaks for itself!

‘Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition: 1973-2011’ runs at The Bowes Museum from 10 June to 10 July. For more information, visit