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Frontseat this Sunday: Between Rugby & Sex is Art

Frontseat this Sunday: Between Rugby & Sex is Art

Frontseat, Sunday 2nd April, 11.00pm on TV One (screening between the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens and the Sex Change Capital of the World)

The ten finalists in Frontseat’s Search for the Greatest New Zealand Painting are unveiled this Sunday night. After this Sunday, you’ll have five weeks to cast your votes, and then the Greatest New Zealand Painting will be announced on our final show for this season, Sunday 7th May.


You can put two people in a costume and call it a horse. You can paint stripes on that horse and call it a zebra. But could you smother Dame Pat Evison with fake tan and call her a Cook Islander? Well they did once, but would they do it again? Steven Oates talks with Cliff Curtis, Dave Fane, Rachel House, Hori Ahipene and Rawiri Paratene about the rise in Maori and Polynesian talent, and the new questions this poses for the stage and screen.


NBR theatre reviewer John Smythe has lost his job there after a change in the newspaper’s priorities. What arts coverage is the National Business Review offering now, and how is John Smythe taking his future into his own hands? Hint: A new theatre review website goes live on Saturday 1st April: OH, THE HUMANITIES:

There’s some serious argy-bargy going down at the University of Canterbury, with Vice-Chancellor Roy Sharp planning to slash staff jobs in the College of Arts. In the firing line are art history, English, modern European languages, American studies, sociology, education, and Islamic studies. Aren’t we over this sort of knee-jerk cost-cutting yet? Plus! Watch to find out how you could win a two-year subscription to Art News magazine.

Best regards,

The Frontseat Team TV One, Sunday Nights Repeat screening 8.00am the following Saturday


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