Cleo Barnett is an artist and organizer based in Auckland, New Zealand and Seatte, Washington. Her practice is community-based and collaborative. Sensing that each project transforms the people who make it, Barnett opens platforms for co-creation. In 2009, Barnett founded First Thursdays, an arts initiative to support space creation and collaborative cultural production. Since then she has been involved in events and festivals around the world including the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Samoa and Thailand. Her work is more often then not showcased in the public domain or situated within non-traditional art spaces.
Graduating with a double degree in Political Science and International Business from the University of Auckland in 2013, Cleos' approach to developing public art and community projects is distinctive. Cleo specialises in creating immersive experiences, combining art, design and Place Making to reconfigure public spaces and how we interact within them.