The Topp Twins: An Exhibition for New Zealand
10 November 2018 - 10 February 2019
The Topp Twins — playful, powerful and political. Synonymous with small town, rural New Zealand and that Kiwi “can-do attitude”, Lynda and Jools Topp are among New Zealand’s best-loved entertainers. They’ve been cultural touchstones for more than 40 years and their creative work continues to resonate with a broad audience across generational and political divides. Whether it’s as Camp Mother and Camp Leader, the Gingham Sisters, Westie girls Raylene and Brenda, posh socialites Prue and Dilly or the Kiwi bloke and townie combo of Ken and Ken, the Topp Twins continue to champion the communities and causes near and dear to us. While they are national treasures, the story of the Topp Twins, presented in this exhibition from the award-winning team at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History in Palmerston North, is particularly meaningful for Waikato audiences given the pair’s Huntly origins.
Image: The Ginghams. Photo: Sally Tagg