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This Sunday on Frontseat, TV One 10.50pm


US economist Tyler Cowen was in Wellington this week to deliver the 2005 Sir Ronald Trotter Lecture for the Business Roundtable, “The future of culture in a globalised world”. To discuss global capitalism’s effects on local cultures, Oliver Driver took Cowen to a place bereft, until recently, of any human culture: Antarctica as represented in the University of Victoria’s Adam Art Gallery exhibition “Breaking Ice”. And we went to the lecture, too…


Whose responsibility is it to help fund touring theatre companies that take their works into schools across the country? And is it possible for plays performed in high schools to be pure theatre, or do they always have to have a right-on message for the kids? Julie Hill investigates the troubled task of taking performing arts into schools.


Realist landscape artists make more money than most in New Zealand, but they say they feel left out of the “bona fide” art world. Portrait artists similarly allege that they are languishing on the sidelines. Jeremy Hansen meets the realist men of Central Otago, while Julie Hill profiles a new portrait exhibition in Auckland based on Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray.


In which our host is assaulted and winds up in a hospital that seems to be stuck in a time warp.

NB: Jeremy Hansen’s story this week is his last for Frontseat. He has just become the new editor of Home & Entertaining magazine and we’re delighted for him. Joining the Frontseat team full-time is arts journalist Josie McNaught ( TV reporter Steven Oates will also file special reports for us.

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