Wave generator

This technique harnesses wave energy to produce electricity.  CATE will use this to power a desalination plant to support Geelong in times of drought. 


Arts at the Drive Inn

Here is a video for this new retro movie experience – watch on the big screen from the comfort of your own car.  Bring the kids (safe play areas).  Lots of ways to enjoy art and watch those films you’ve always longed to see.

Thanks Pittore Factice for permission to show this promotion.

Buy a ticket to CATE and receive 20% off your next movie ticket at The Drive Inn.  Your family pass to CATE gives all adults 20% off with kids attending free!

Spotted at Geelong Station: BBB Arts Train

This morning, the BBB Arts train pulled into Deakin Waterfront Station where proud owner Vicki Clissold explained the concept to fans at the CATE@thesmelter launch exhibition.

Vicki Clissold and Arty the engine

The BBB Art Train is here!
The BBB Art Train is here!

Ms Clissold explained that each carriage will carry the work of a single artist and that the train moves within Victoria, visiting small and large towns and cities and even small rail sidings.  This allows people from all walks of life to experience the best in art on a semi-regular basis.

As previously reported, the BBB Art Train will visit CATE@ thesmelter to coincide with the simultaneous opening of the CATE Museum and the under-channel rail link from Avalon Airport.

“I am delighted to present the train at CATE,” Ms Clissold stated.  “I am a long-term Geelong resident, and use the local environment for inspiration in my own art.”

Vicki Clissold’s mixed media painting Griffiths Bookstore was shortlisted for the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize 2014, and is on display at the Geelong Art Gallery until 23rd November.

близнец: Bliznits for inaugural CATE blockbuster

Maddison Finlay, Artistic Director of CATE is delighted to announce that близнец (Bliznits) will create the opening exhibition for CATE, running from January 1st to March 30th, 2016.

This is in conjunction with the launch of several of CATE’s commissioned sculptural works.

This internationally acclaimed collaboration by Kazakhsti twins, Anastasya and Svetlana includes new projections created especially for CATE.

Watch a Bliznets sample film, Vierte Dimension,  which will be running at the launch of CATE here:

Billionaire to launch CATE: Richard Cranberry in Geelong

Sir Richard Cranberry, sponsor of CATE, who gave $500,000,000 so CATE has become a reality, is flying in to launch CATE tomorrow evening.

As the Point Henry Alcoa site is still in use by Alcoa, the launch is to be at the Project Space, Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong, from 6 to 8pm.   (The Project Space is in the Sally Walker Building, on the corner of Cunningham Street and The Esplanade.)

richard C photoSir Richard at the 2014 Academy Award ceremony

Sir Richard is a philanthropist who, apart from his generous support of CATE, has founded Opera in the Arctic and The Battersea Power Station Modern Art Gallery.

Archeological find at CATE site

During site inspection, a board member of CATE found a small metal disc with a hole in the middle.  The disc is inscribed with an upper case letter E.

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“E-disc” – found when surveying the CATE site at Point Henry.

Professor Terry Dougages, Dean of Archeology at Geelong’s Gordon University, believes that this find originated with workers at the former Alcoa aluminium site.  “From the earliest colonial times,” Dougages states, “workers have used such artefacts as currency.”  He cited the “holey dollar” in circulation in the convict settlement of Botany Bay as an example of this.

The board at CATE is considering adopting the E-disc as a symbol of the experimental art and technology which is at the core of the centre’s philosophy.

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(No “dump” has yet been found.  However, with excavations continuing for the underground rail terminal, it is likely that more artefacts from the smelter and earlier human uses of Point Henry will be located.)