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Frontseat Update

Frontseat, 10.30pm this Sunday 5th November on TV ONE after “Girl With A Pearl Earring”.

This week Oliver is backstage at Sky City Theatre for the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Awards, where he meets 2006 laureates Alastair Galbraith (genius experimental musician), Oscar Kightley (brilliant Naked Samoan), John Reynolds (sartorially excellent visual artist), Alun Bollinger (stunning cinematographer) and Ian Wedde (wonderful word-man).

Oliver Driver goes under the needle as he talks to tattoo artists about the fine line between art and commerce. He also meets tattoo “collectors” – those who choose to hang their artworks on their bodies rather than their walls – such as Joel Tobeck (yes, him again!) and Mick Watson.

Opinionated comment from recognisable faces with plenty to say including Naked Samoan Mario Gaoa, artist Dick Frizzell, broadcaster Noelle McCarthy, actor Joel Tobeck.
This week: Cultural commentator Jon Bridges looks into art forms that may be neglected because they’re not really considered to be ‘art’ by most people.

You remember Paul Dibble – he’s the sculptor whose ‘Long Horizon’ bronze piece was nicked from out front of Swell café in Waikanae last year, then returned for a reward. Next week, a major new memorial sculpture created by Dibble Art Co and Athfield Architects will be unveiled in London’s Hyde Park. Josie McNaught chats to Paul at Gow Langsford Gallery inᾠAucΎland.

Voting closes for the Greatest Line of Dialogue in Kiwi Film on Friday 10th November! Make sure you vote at

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