Gallery Information


Opening Celebration 2pm Sunday 10th April at mothermother gallery.

mothermother is proud to introduce Brittle City Press, an imprint of Wooden and Leaden, a new short-run analogue publication venture based in Joyce Campbell’s Morningside garage/studio.

At the heart of the studio are an Asbern cylinder proof press and a substantial collection of vintage wood and lead type. To these foundational publication technologies, Campbell has added a laser cutter, a cnc router and facilities for making photopolymer plates. Brittle City Press thus combines print technologies ancient and very new to open up a wide field of possibility within short-run publication. We bring these technologies to our collaborations with and between artists, such that the tactile act of printing informs the form and function of our books. The press is committed to supporting a diversity of voices, to providing the means to publish in a diversity of languages, and to recuperating those bodies of knowledge we will need to rebuild our shattered earth once the reign of technocapitalist patriarchy comes to its inevitable, messy end.

Big goals, small press.

The exhibition includes work by Joyce Campbell, Joanna Cook, Catherine Dale, Yasmin Dullabh and Rowan Thomson, with research assistance from Lillie Balfour. Works were produced with the support of The University of Auckland Summer Scholarship programme and research funding from the faculty of Creative Arts and Industries.


  • Sun 10 Apr


  • 2:00 pm — 5:00 pm


  • 23 Minnie Street
  • Eden Terrace, Tāmaki Makaurau, 1021