Cleo Barnett is a photographer and organiser based in Auckland, New Zealand and Seatte, Washington. Her work is primarily showcased in the public domain and situated within non-traditional art spaces. 

In 2009, Cleo founded First Thursdays, an arts initiative to support space creation and collaborative cultural production in Auckland, New Zealand. Since then Cleo has been on the founding team bringing to life Art Week Auckland and All Fresco, two thriving community centric art festivals in Auckland, New Zealand.

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. As of September 2015 Cleo will be based from New York City, undergoing her masters in Art and Public Policy from New York University. 



Features and Publications:

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