From the Topp Twins, to Jane Austen, to a celebration of Hamilton’s CBD and beyond, there is an abundance of exciting exhibitions to experience at Waikato Museum which is just a quick five-minute drive from the award-winning motel Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton.
Be Persuaded: A Jane Austen Experience
5 July - 14 October 2018
Be Persuaded: A Jane Austen Experience was created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her passing. The prestigious Dressing Australia Museum of Costume has developed a brilliant exhibition that brings Jane Austen to life through original fashion of the era. Fashionistas, history lovers and literature buffs are sure to enjoy the fashion from her iconic characters that she created right from 18th century right through to the Regency era at the beginning of the 19th century.
Elle and the Youthquake: The Changing Face of Fashion
7 July - 14 October 2018
Developed and curated by New Zealand Fashion Museum, Elle and the Youthquake: The Changing Face of Fashion us a celebration of the New Zealand fashion label Elle. In 1964 Wendy Ganley was only 21 when she first opens the doors to her fashion boutique in Hamilton. This boutique was instrumental in creating a path for other young designers to express themselves through fashion.
2018 National Contemporary Art Award
4 August - 28 October 2018
Come and see the best contemporary art that emerges out of the National Contemporary Art Award. The National Contemporary Art Award has been New Zealand’s most prestigious art event for the last eighteen years. The 2018 judge, Reuben Friend, Director of Pātaka Art + Museum, has selected this year’s finalists from over 300 entries. “Don’t miss this opportunity to check out some top emerging New Zealand artists,” comments Graeme.
Scene on the Street: Hamilton’s CBD 1900 – 2000
25 August - 25 November 2018
There is no better way to learn about Hamilton’s CBD history than checking Waikato Museums Scene on the Street: Hamilton’s CBD 1900 – 2000 exhibition. This exhibition presents a selection of images, objects, and ephemera drawn from the Hamilton City Libraries Heritage Collection and the Waikato Museum Collection
The Topp Twins: An Exhibition for New Zealand
10 November 2018 - 10 February 2019
The Topp Twins are among New Zealand’s best-loved and perhaps the most iconic kiwi entertainers. Lynda and Jools Topp have been synonymous with small town, rural New Zealand culture for more than 40 years. Known as national treasures, this exhibition celebrates the Top Twins most iconic and best loved creative work. This exhibition is created by the award-winning team at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History in Palmerston North. “This exhibition is particularly meaningful for Waikato as the Topp Twins are from Huntly,” adds Graeme
Other events coming soon to Waikato Museum
Giuseppe Castiglione: An Italian Jesuit Painter at the Court of Three Qing Emperors: 13 October 2018 - 20 January 2019
Indelible: Recent works by Xi’An Artists and Media Arts Researchers: 27 October - 9 December 2018
Mount Felix Tapestry: 10 November - 2 December 2018
Unease: Favourites of Barry Hopkins (b. 1942 d. 2017): 23 November 2018 - 13 January 2019
The Garden Party: 1 December 2018 - 3 March 2019
Infinitely Varied: Prize-winning New Zealand landscape paintings from the Kelliher Art Competition 1956-1977: 7 December 2018 - 10 February 2019
50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic: 22 December 2018 - 31 March 2019
About Argent Motor Lodge:
Based in Hamilton, award-winning Argent Motor Lodge is right next door to Waikato Hospital and close to Braemar Hospital as well as being only a few minutes’ drive to the City Centre, cycle trails and the world-famous, world famous Hamilton Gardens. Accommodation ranges from one-bedroom apartments to family apartments with wheelchair-accessible facilities and fully equipped kitchens.
Contact Argent Motor Lodge:
Address: 27 Lorne Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 843 9912/0800 275 676 (toll free within New Zealand
Phone: 0274 587 724