I’m an independent communications consultant specialising in publicising cultural projects, organisations and artists. With 20 years of PR experience my work supports festivals, arts venues, touring performances and exhibitions.
I am passionate about working with artists, performers, curators and directors to widen access to cultural experiences.
If you have a compelling project ready to benefit from a robust and considered creative publicity campaign, I would love to hear from you.
Areas of Expertise:
Visual Art, Craft & Design
Festivals and Events
Dance, Theatre & Live Performance
Science and Environmental Projects
Past and Present clients include:
Craft Scotland // Edinburgh Printmakers // Local Heroes Design // Scottish Dance Theatre // The Cordis Trust // Fife Contemporary // Edinburgh College of Art // Forth Rivers Trust // Fruitmarket Gallery // Scottish Sculpture Workshop // Panel // Creative Edinburgh // Edinburgh Festival Fringe // Bothy Project // Katy West // Traverse Theatre // The Scottish Gallery // Edinburgh Science // Architecture Fringe // Volcano Theatre
What clients have said:
“Owen helped us in the 8 weeks leading up ‘Local Heroes: Scottish Design at Edinburgh Airport’ to develop a broad ranging and high quality PR strategy. He helped us to clarify what type of PR we wanted – and where – across print and digital channels resulting in high impact (and high value) features from the BBC to Design Week and Vogue. Owen was also invaluable in coaching me as the project director in how to successfully execute interviews for TV and radio.”
Dr Stacey Hunter,
Director, Local Heroes Design
“Owen’s calm and grounded approach, his genuine enthusiasm for the work, and his ability to build and sustain authentic relationships with a broad range of contacts was the perfect complement to our risky but rewarding Fringe venture. Owen asked gentle but searching questions about the brief and helped us to clarify our objectives and play to our strengths.
He was present on the ground when it counted, always good-humoured, and kept us thoroughly informed as to what was going on behind the scenes. We were extremely pleased with the profile achieved and with the level of press, industry and public engagement with the work, and we look forward to working with Oh Really Creative again at the earliest opportunity.
Communications Manager, Volcano Theatre
“Owen O’Leary hit the ground running and was able, in a remarkably short time, to understand the brief, make contact with key people inside the College, and develop a strategic – yet very practical – approach to the project.
He worked well with our existing communications team and with other colleagues, sensitively negotiating relationships and working methods. With his excellent press contacts he delivered great coverage for our Degree Show, including some unexpected issues management, and we would certainly be delighted to work with him again.”
Head of External Relations, Edinburgh College of Art