Navigation for Arts on Sunday

12:43 Art writing criticism

What is the state of art writing and criticism in New Zealand, what qualifications do visual art reviewers need, and who do art critics write for? Sonia Sly speaks to art critics Mark Amery, Megan Dunne and Jon Bywater, who divulge on matters of personal opinion versus objectivity, changes that need to take place, and how art writing works in a commercialised sphere.

Art writers
From left: Mark Amery, Megan Dunne and Jon Bywater.

1:10 At The Movies

Bernie tells the true story of a murderer - except no-on in town seemed to have much sympathy for the deceased.

1:31 Gow Langsford Gallery

We help John Gow and Gary Langsford celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Auckland art gallery. They opened their first gallery together in a converted gas station in Grey Lynn in 1987. Now you find the Gow Langsford Gallery right next to Auckland Art Gallery. Twenty-five years on they are still very much in the business and marking their anniversary with a special exhibition.

Gow Langsford
Left: Gary Langsford and John Gow in Chacha magazine in 1987. Right: the Gow Langsford Gallery on Richmond Road.

1:44 Man in a Suitcase

Erin Harrington reviews the premiere of Lynda Chanwai Earle's latest play, Man in a Suitcase, at Christchurch's Court Theatre. It's starting point was true story of a kidnapped Chinese student whose remains were found in a floating suitcase in Auckland.

Sarah Billinghurst1:53 Opera boss Sarah Billinghurst

Sarah Billinghurst (right) is probably the most powerful New Zealander involved in opera. She's in charge of artistic matters at New York's Metropolitan Opera, and she makes time in her busy day to chat to Justin Gregory. Photograph courtesy Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera.

Jason Whyte2:05 The Laugh Track

Actor Jason Whyte (left) shares what makes him laugh with us.

2:26 Script workshops

While most writers' work is vetted by many pairs of eyes before it's unleashed on the world, plays sometimes fall straight from the brain to the stage. Julie Hill explores how script workshops can benefit playwrights, and how they work.

2:35 Chapter & Verse

Our featured writer today is the late Janet Frame, with the publication of new and previously uncollected stories in Gorse is Not People. Her niece and co-executor Pamela Gordon has overseen the publication.

3:05 The Drama Hour