"So moving, transformative. Smiles from the inside."
 "Such a wonderful and important concept."
"What a lovely idea. Felt like a warm hug."

"So humbling. Moved to tears (nice tears!)"


Rose Turtle Ertler's Complimentary Caravan is an investigation into the power of words through an

ongoing collection of audio and written compliments collected from different towns.

Step inside the cosy custom-built caravan and bathe in a soundtrack of heartfelt compliments

recorded from your local community.

Relax and enjoy an immersive experience of relentless gratitude and encouragement.



In the last couple of years, I have collected over 1,200 written compliments about someone special in people’s lives.

They are all handwritten in black pen on A5 yellow card.  Over 400 spoken compliments have also been recorded.

This ongoing collection of written and recorded compliments has other public outcomes besides the Complimentary Caravan.

The project can be tailored to thoughtfully fit a specific event.

Previous examples include:

COMPLIMENTARY LANE - a 30 minute soundtrack of local compliments played on loop mode in a breezeway outside

Pod Artspace (City of Adelaide’s Soundscape Program 2018)

COMPLIMENTARY COURTYARD - an interactive installation in a courtyard where people listen to a local soundtrack of compliments

and write their own compliment which is then displayed in the space

(City of Port Adelaide - Port Fringe Street Party, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2018)

LUFU - a gallery wall piece with soundtrack of local compliments. Written compliments arranged on the wall spelling out the huge

letters ‘LUFU’ which is the Old English word for ‘love’. (Museum of Innocence Mildura Artist Residency 2018)

COMPLIMENTARY LANE - video projection work featuring silhouetted heads of locals with their handwritten compliments with a soundtrack

of the spoken compliments.(Enlighten Projection Festival & White Night Bendigo 2018)

COMPLIMENTARY COUCH - visitors sink into a comfy couch and listen to a soundtrack of compliments in headphones while browsing

through coffee table books of written compliments. People also write their own compliment which is added

to the books or displayed around the space. (Coburg Carnivale, Moreland Council 2018)

Another idea is to do paste ups around town of silhouetted heads with written compliments, similar to the Complimentary Lane video.

I am planning to do this in Bendigo for Mental Health Week in October 2018.

From January 2019, the Complimentary Caravan will be based in Tasmania

and will not be available on the mainland. Other options are still available.

<above> COMPLIMENTARY LANE Projection transforms a dark dingy laneway for Enlighten Projection Festival & White Night, Bendigo 2018