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NZ's Greatest Guitar Riffs - Frontseat this Sunday

Frontseat, 11.00pm this Sunday 29th October on TV ONE after “About Schmidt”.

This week Oliver is at Rannoch House, home of the James Wallace Arts Trust. The 15 year old Wallace Art Awards exhibition is on the road to Pataka Museum in Porirua after its Auckland appearance, and Oliver talks to James Wallace about patronage, prizes and paintings.

Oliver Driver talks to a curator (Justin Paton, Dunedin Public Art Gallery), a dealer (John McCormick, Starkwhite), and a collector (Howard Grieve) about the hot new buyer’s tip in the visual art world. It’s small, it’s inexpensive, and best of all – the canvas will only improve as technology does.

Opinionated comment from recognisable faces with plenty to say. Keep your eyes peeled for Naked Samoan Mario Gaoa, artist Dick Frizzell & apostrophe police officer Jon Bridges.
This week: Actor Joel Tobeck happens to be a pretty talented guitarist. Inspired by his heroes, he sets out to name the Three Greatest Guitar Riffs in New Zealand Rock’n’Roll. It’s a big call, but he’s prepared to make it, and is rewarded with some private concerts by local rock superstars.

For several weeks now, Josie McNaught has been hot on the trail of a small cabal of art world honchos who are plotting a takeover of one of the key events on NZ’s international art calendar. This week, she reveals all.

The Top Six Shortlist in our search for the Greatest Line of Dialogue in Kiwi Film is on the Frontseat website awaiting your votes. The leader changes by the hour so make sure you have your say at

Send your story ideas and arts diary submissions to Frontseat's researcher Gabe McDonnell at gabe[at]


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