Cleo Barnett is a photographer and curator who lives and works in New York City, Auckland, New Zealand, and Seatte, Washington. Her practice includes analog documenation, site specific installation, public participatory interventions, festivals and exhibitions. Barnett's work focuses on cross disciplinary co-creation, modes of participation, images of encounter, urbanism, public intervention, art and animism.

In 2009, Barnett founded First Thursdays, an interdisciplinary initiative to support space creation and collaborative cultural production in Auckland, New Zealand. Since then Barnett's work has served as a catalyst for the co-creation of city wide art festivals, socially engaged exhibitions, and public art programs including Art Week Auckland, All Fresco and nowHERE. 

Barnett 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).




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

Profile photo by Carol Cabrera xo