Cleo Barnett is Pākehā and White American curator, artist and creative director. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, her practice explores the relationship between public space, storytelling, and collective liberation grounded in sustainability. Since the age of 18, Cleo’s work at the intersections of art and cultural organizing has taken her around the world, curating and producing exhibitions, festivals, and placemaking activations across the United States, New Zealand, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Since 2016 Cleo has been a core member of the Amplifier team, a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times. As the Deputy Director, Cleo co-produces and co-creative directs multiple global public art campaigns including the iconic We The People Campaign, Women’s March on Washington, and March For Our Lives. The result has been millions of iconic posters distributed across the United States in collaboration with over 300 renowned artists and building the non-profit into a globally recognized art and social justice organization.
Cleo's work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, on CNN, VICE, Refinery29, Radio New Zealand, the New York Times, Crooked Media, and elsewhere. Cleo holds an M.A. in Art and Public Policy from New York University, and a double B.A. in Political Science and International Business from the University of Auckland. Alongside her curatorial practice, she is an active working artist. You can see some of Cleo's art here.