City Gallery

Past event

Tuatara Open Late: Typography Talks to Tiny Ruins

1 September 2016

Art, music, film, books, beer, wine, food. Tuatara Open Late takes place on the first Thursday of the month.

This September, enjoy a live, solo performance from acclaimed singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins, and an exhibition tour of Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs.

Special guests also include design experts Len Cheeseman and Catherine Griffiths talking typography and social change in relation to the work in Sister Corita’s Summer of Love.

There will be music from DJ B.Lo, supper treats from La Boca Loca plus a cash bar with all galleries open until 10pm.


5–10pm All galleries open, Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda screens in the Auditorium

5–8.30pm / 9.15–10pm DJ B.Lo

5–9.30pm Supper treats from La Boca Loca and cash bar available serving Tuatara beer, Seresin wine, Six Barrel soda and Mela juices

6pm Exhibition tour of Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs. Meet in Main Foyer.

7pm Len Cheeseman and Catherine Griffiths talk typography and social change in Sister Corita’s Summer of Love

8.30–9.15pm Live solo performance from Tiny Ruins


Tiny Ruins

Auckland-based Tiny Ruins was conceived in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. Traversing early influences of folk and blues, Tiny Ruins’s sound draws on ethereal and grungy soundscapes alike. Sometimes likened to Nick Drake, Mazzy Star or Nico, Fullbrook’s voice and guitar work evades cliché, making use of alternate tunings by way of her own self-styled fingerpicking. Lyrically one of a kind, stories are laced with a dark humour that is at times disarmingly confessional, at others, cryptic and philosophical.

Catherine Griffiths

Catherine Griffiths is a designer, who lives and works in Auckland and Paris. Her work is a mix of visual communication, book design, self-publishing, typography installations in public and private spaces, and writing on design. Her most publicly-recognised work is the Wellington Writers Walk, a series of large-scale concrete text sculptures.

Len Cheeseman

Len Cheeseman spent most of his career working in the advertising industry, both here in New Zealand and in the UK, working on a broad range of accounts from Bread and Butter to the Red Cross. Still dabbling and consulting in both design and advertising whilst drawing the OAP, he has art-directed a number of social awareness campaigns in Asia since 2014 that have resulted in a hefty swag of international awards, including three golds at the One Show and a Graphite pencil at D&AD this year; all orchestrated from behind his garden wall in Greytown, Wairarapa.