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About Culturehead

 

John Kenny boasts over 15 years of experience in the arts and entertainment sector. As the director and founder of CultureHead, a communications agency in Ireland, he specialises in Public Relations and Digital Marketing for the arts and entertainment sectors.

 

 

Following his graduation from the Institute of Arts, Design and Technology in 2008, John commenced his career managing the Sebastian Guinness Gallery in Dublin’s Temple Bar. He later served as a curator at the gallery's new venue on Dawson Street, which focused on the curation and exhibition of blue-chip contemporary art, working with renowned artists such as James Turell, Damien Hirst, and the Chapman Brothers.

In 2009, John played a key role in photographer David LaChapelle’s “American Jesus” exhibition at Chonnacht House on Dublin’s Burlington Road. The exhibition, which attracted over 10,000 visitors, garnered significant attention in the national press, including an interview with the artist on the Marian Finucane show and a feature on the front page of The Irish Times. Subsequently, John curated important exhibitions in Dublin, featuring the work of Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz and photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd.

Between 2012 and 2014, John contributed to the Art Park project at Spencer Dock, under the guidance of art consultant Sarah Owens. This pioneering initiative involved Ireland’s first largescale outdoor visual arts screen located behind the Convention Centre, Dublin, and received widespread recognition in the national press, including coverage on RTE Six One News.

From 2013 to 2016, John served as a curator at ArtLot, an outdoor visual arts space in Dublin alongside visual arts curator Jonathan Carroll. Notable exhibitions curated by John included “Youth Culture” by photographer Alex Sheridan and a segment of the Dublin Live Art Festival 2014, featuring top performance artists such as Francis Fay, Aine Philips, and Liadain Herriott. The success of the ArtLot project was acknowledged in a 2015 feature by Journalist Una Mullally in The Irish Times.

In 2016, John successfully transitioned the ArtLot project to the annual Electric Picnic Festival in collaboration with Festival Republic. This transformed the ArtLot into the festival's alternative visual arts and performance space, featuring the iconic “Granny House” installation. The ArtLot garnered further acclaim, being featured in The Irish Times and Totally Dublin magazine in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

John’s commitment to professional growth saw him secure the first prize for “Best Business Pitch Presentation” upon graduating from the UCD Innovation Academy in 2015-2016. Subsequently, he pursued further studies in Digital Marketing at the National College of Ireland (NCI) and PMP Project Management.

In November 2016, John established CultureHead, leveraging his extensive industry knowledge and business training to create a communications agency catering specifically to the arts and entertainment sector. From its early projects, such as the award-winning theatre production “McKenna's Fort” by Arnold Fanning and the Live Art performance event “Future Histories” by Niamh Murphy, CultureHead has emerged as one of the leading communications agencies for the creative sector in Ireland.

Under John's leadership, CultureHead has expanded its portfolio to include large-scale national-cultural events like Culture Date With Dublin 8, The UCD Festival, and Culture Night Dublin. Notable achievements include being selected as the European Partner for the augmented audio technology PEEX, collaborating with Elton John's Rocket Management and working with Daphne Guinness and David LaChapelle on the launch of their music video "Heaven".

 

John has facilitated training in audience development and digital marketing for esteemed arts organisations including The Butler Gallery and The Wexford Arts Centre. He has been a guest lecturer in marketing at prominent academic institutions including Trinity College, University college Dublin and University Limerick.

As an active contributor to the arts and marketing realm, John's commentary on the arts has been published in The Sunday Times and The Sunday Business Post. He continues to curate the ArtLot stage at the annual Electric Picnic Festival. 

 

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