Lectures & Events

Adelaide Lectures

4 Jun 2014
  • Adelaide

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ASA is pleased to advise you of lectures being presented in conjuction with Carrick Hill.

Art & Travel: bring me back a souvenir links together some of the individual stories that, when woven together, make up the very essence of Carrick Hill. It offers a unique opportunity to view drawings and illustrations by the famous Russian-born French artist Alexandre Iacovleff who, in 1924-1925 and 1931-1932, accompanied two epic journeys across Africa and Asia, organised by the French vehicle manufacturer Citroen. From the hundreds of drawings and sketches he had made while travelling, Iacovleff developed two large – and now rare – limited edition illustrated folios, of which the Hayward’s owned copies.

Ursula Hayward greatly admired Iacovleff’s work, and Carrick Hill’s three original drawings were among her favourites. The Haywards were themselves great lovers of travel, and the art and books they collected represented not just discerning taste – they also fulfilled a role as souvenirs of their own journeys. When both folios were burnt in the disastrous fire of 1 June 1958, in which art works, books, furniture and part of the interior of Carrick Hill were destroyed, they salvaged as many of the damaged plates as they could, wishing to retain the superb illustrations of exotic faraway places and peoples. These salvaged images are on display along with original drawings from Carrick Hill, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and support material about the journeys themselves.

As part of the exhibition program, a series of events will examine the work of Alexandre Iacovleff and the extraordinary expeditions as well as focussing on the Haywards’ personal journeys and the various works in the collection that may have had a role as aide memoirs for the places they visited.


Speaker: Iain Shearer
Time: 10.30 am and 1.30 pm
Venue: Great Hall, Carrick Hill Free talk with entry to the house at $12 pp


Iain Shearer is an archaeologist who has always been fascinated by the many cultures and stories to be unearthed and explored within the Islamic World. During the last 20 years, he has worked as an archaeologist in North Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the Arab Middle East and was appointed a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2008.


10.30 am: Owning the Silk Road

Why did European powers employ such considerable resources to map, define and explore Central Asia during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries? This lecture will explore the role of archaeologists, diplomats, explorers, scientists, soldiers and spies in the bloody arena of the Great Game.


1.30 pm: Travelling the Silk Road

How did European powers express power and dominance in Central Asia during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries? The spectacular ‘La Croisière Jaune’ or ‘Trans-Asiatic Expedition’ during 1931–32 brought a remote part of the world to a mass audience for the first time. This lecture will examine who travelled the Silk Road before the expedition and why they did so.