Cleo Marta Barnett is a producer, curator and artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York; Auckland, New Zealand; and Seattle, Washington. Her practice includes participatory design, site specific installations, analog photography, video art and the curation of festivals and exhibitions that challenge traditional modes of presentation and representation. Cleo's work focuses on sustainability for survival, cross disciplinary co-creation, images of encounter, the intersection between public and private space and animism to explore the arts/the artist's ability to produce social change and justice.

In 2009, Cleo founded First Thursdays Auckland, an interdisciplinary initiative to support space creation and collaborative cultural production in New Zealand. Since then her work has served as a catalyst for city wide art festivals, socially engaged exhibitions, public art programs including Art Week Auckland, All Fresco in New Zealand and nowHERE in Seattle, as well an emerging international art practice.

Cleo graduated from the University of Auckland in 2013 with a double major in Political Science and International Business. She is currently a graduate candidate at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts - Art and Public Policy (May 2016) and continues to work as a freelance producer, curator and creative consultant in New Zealand and the United States.




Wāhine – Women - Depot Artspace Book Publication, May 2015

Cross Street - Collectif Magazine Editorial Shoot, May 2015

Kingbrown Magazine - Writer, 2012, 2013, 2014 

The Vernacularist - Issue Two, True Community?, Depot Artspace Publication 2014

The Lost Springs - Collectif Magazine,  May 2014

Miss June - Presence Magazine, Editorial Shoot,  June 2014

First Thursdays Festival on K’Road – TVNZ Breakfast Show Interview, 2013

Style File – Groove Guide Feature, 2013

Presence Issue 11, Editorial Photographer, New Zealand, November 2012

Neighborhood – TV1 Feature Feature, 2012

Draw Together – Weekend Leisure Feature, NZ Herald, 2012

A Quick Word – Idealog interview, 2012

Cleo Barnett from First Thursdays Likes – Gather and Hunt Feature, 2012

Little Lotus Project 2011 – Radio Ponsonby Interview, 2011

Giving a little goes a long way – The Big Idea Interview, 2011

Cleo Barnett on the Long Black -  Radio Ponsonby Interview, 2011

Mini-interview: Cleo Barnett – Blukeko Interview, 2011

First Thursdays – Second to none – Thread.co.nz Feature, 2011

What would you save? – NZ Herald Canvas Feature, 2011

Interview for First Thursdays – Radio NZ Interview, 2010

Cleo Barnett’s favourite things - NZ Herald Viva Feature, 2010

The First Thursdays, Then What? – Morph Magazine Article, 2010

Arcade Art Fair a First For Business Graduate – Stuff.co.nz Feature, 2009

Radio New Zealand Interview – 2009

Thursday Girl – Remix Magazine, 2009