Here are a few photos from our Cool Carluke event in September which included an exhibition on the Travelling Gallery, displays by local artists, a specially commissioned painting by Telmo Bento, walking routes and more. 

Here is some of the feedback we received:

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The art on Brooks building has brought an interest in our town. People are talking again. You have proved, despite resistance, we can have a better Carluke.

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Brooks’ Building art panels are still looking good although it would have been nice to see all the panels depicting Carluke scenes.

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Saw these the other day - great way to brighten things up, thank you

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Lovely idea x

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Certainly brightens that corner of Carluke up    

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Great idea. Looks great.

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The Travelling Gallery was very interesting and the guides added greatly to the experience.

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I loved the Travelling Gallery. If we don't expose people, particularly young folk, to art like this how will they ever learn to raise their gaze beyond the graffiti and litter. I found it really exciting especially when I heard it had been to the schools.

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The Pink Pig proved a great hit with everyone. I saw many children being photographed with him and everyone who saw him came away with a smile on their face.

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The Café Culture benefited from the pleasant weekend weather. Gregg's the baker’s staff said at the end of Saturday trading that they had been run off their feet.

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The props again brought smiles to faces.

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I enjoyed the resin pig, the cow and the boards in the High Street.

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Some of the outdoor exhibits were a good idea but the jelly feet which were only being installed well into Friday afternoon needed someone there to explain the significance and what it was all about. To leave it unattended was asking for the result. It was very short-lived as jelly lying on the ground invites jumping on!  

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I liked the windmill but sadly by the time I got down on Saturday afternoon one of its sails had been broken off. I missed the jelly feet but the panels on Brooks building make a huge improvement.

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The Wayfaring Boards have us at a loss. What were they? 

If they were the Q reader signs on the lampposts, there was nothing to tell anyone they were there. The ones which we discovered were a great idea but more publicity to show their existence was needed.

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The Art Wall was a good idea but perhaps needed artists to help create larger pieces. The young artist who came in at short notice was seen still working at 5.45pm. He needs praise for his efforts.

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The art wall for children was a good idea and of course I loved Telmo's work. He has a huge talent and it was interesting to watch him in action as well as seeing his finished work.

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Telmo Bento’s work and exhibition were good. Again the pleasant weather encouraged the outdoor work in the High Street but again his exhibition in Ramon’s studio needed signage. Many did not know it was there.

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Acoustic Shire - Telmo Bento is an outstanding artist

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The display in Brooks’ window by Carluke Parish Historical Society on Carluke Sculptors was seen by many and Mr Brooks kept it in for a week but lack of publicity was evident.

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The display on the sculptors was interesting and well done.

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The Walkable Carluke was great idea. The free pedometers will hopefully be used by those who received them. Again the question of signage and publicity comes to the fore.

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….this was an excellent start to a completely different town centre event. There were many exciting and new ideas. Perhaps there were too many at once as the organisation must have been rather much for such a small team (one man?).

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Altogether it was a very welcome addition to Carluke life. It should have been a good base to build on. I do hope the momentum doesn't just evaporate. Thanks again for all your efforts.

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The problem all along was that the event wasn't properly advertised ...my partner had no idea it was even happening until I took my pedometer home and he asked me where I got it! 

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My experience of the local perception is that very few locals in Carluke feel they have any need to visit the High Street. When we moved our office from Hamilton Street to the High Street I regularly said to prospective clients “have you seen our new office” and I was amazed by the amount of people in Carluke who admitted that they simply go to work (usually out with the town), go to Tesco and then go home. 

I lived in Carluke ….as a small child before moving to Biggar when I was sixteen. I have been in that area ever since and I am glad to say Biggar High street is probably the envy of many towns across Scotland. I have asked myself many times what makes that High Street so popular with locals and visitors compared with the High streets of many other nearby towns? 

 

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