To pp exhibition at Te Man awa
Lynda and Jools Topp are among New Zealand’s best-loved entertainers, and a new exhibition developed by Te Manawa, celebrates the outstanding contribution these inspiring women make to our nation’s social, cultural and political landscape. The Topp Twins: An Exhibition for
New Zealand, now open, looks at 40 years of their playful, powerful and political creative work that continues to resonate with a broad audience across generational and political divides.
The pair has been cemented as Kiwi cultural touchstones, says Te Manawa chief executive Andy Lowe.
‘‘It’s such a privilege for Te Manawa to have built an exhibition that, through their story, tells our story,’’ he says.
‘‘This is a celebration of the things that have shaped us as a nation and the spirit and values of the things that unite us rather than divide us.’’
The Topp Twins have long championed the communities and causes near and dear to us, through enduring characters such 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.
Sensitive yet important topics such as LBGT inclusion, Bastion Point, feminism and Nuclear Free have been cleverly brought to our living rooms, all with a big dose of humour and an ethos of fairness.
Some material at The National Archives, earmarked for inclusion in the exhibition, became unavailable due to the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, but new original items have been lent to Te Manawa by the twins themselves.
❚ The Topp Twins is open until October 29. Admission is free for under 18 year-olds, $5 for adults. For more information on visiting Te Manawa go to temanawa.co.nz.
The Topp Twins, Ken and Ken.