For the past decade, Cleo has worked with city officials, movement leaders, global brands, and foundations to build social justice campaigns and public space interventions that explore the relationship between storytelling, community empowerment, and human rights. At age 18 Cleo founded her own business in New Zealand, working as an independent placemaker and creative director. Her clients included Waterfront Auckland, Auckland City Council, and the Auckland Art Fair. Cleo curated and produced over 200 public space interventions in New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and Thailand, including the founding of three art festivals. During this time her focus was on providing paid platforms in public spaces for emerging artists and artists not represented by galleries.
Currently the Deputy Director of Amplifier, a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify social movements, Cleo has spearheaded groundbreaking media experiments for the organization including the iconic We The People campaign and education initiative We The Future. The result has been millions of iconic artworks distributed across the United States in collaboration with hundreds of renowned artists and social movements, building the nonprofit into a globally recognized art and social justice organization.
Cleo's work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, on CNN, VICE, Refinery29, 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 explore Cleo's art practice here.