Australia ­ Just Add Water

by Joseph Cali

Strathnairn Homestead Gallery

90 Stockdill Drive, Holt

Saturdays and Sundays September

6th-October 5th 10:00 am-4:30pm

"Australia­Just Add Water" is a new body of work by Canberra based photographic artist Joe Cali. Joe has exhibited his work in about 30 exhibitions in the Canberra region over the past decade. This exhibition is a visual narrative about the relationship between the Australian continent, it's environment and its tenuous supply of water. Joe has travelled all over Eastern and Central Australia over the past few years to capture a collection of dramatic images of nature.

Joe Cali has been a keen photographer for more than thirty years. Apart from his many exhibitions, Joe has been teaching photography workshops to the public on a wide variety of subjects at the Photoaccess Arts Centre for the past twelve years. He has also taught workshops for the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. In 2004, he was commissioned to write research and photograph a 14 page feature by Australian Geographic Magazine.

In "real life" Joe works as a mass spectrometrist in the Earth Environment Research Area of the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University. The group reconstructs changes in global climate from the past using isotopes found in corals and speleothems (stalagmites). Joe is at pains to point out that, "Australia-Just Add Water is definitely an art exhibition not a science show. "The science hat was well and truly hung up during the photography and production. These images that were selected on visual content only." The images are visual metaphors and shouldn't be taken too literally!"

Exhibition Events

Sunday September 14th
Artist Floor talk

Joe Cali will give a short talk about the taking and making of his exhibition "Australia - Just Add Water." He will be available afterwards to answer questions.

Where : At Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90 Stockdill Dve, Holt

When : 1:45pm for a 2pm start.

This is a free event, bookings not necessary, just turn up.

Facilities : Strathnairn Gallery has tea, coffee and cake for sale. Toilets available. Free Parking.

 Sunday September 28th
"Shooting Strathnairn"

Join Canberra based photographer Joe Cali for a 2 hour walk & shoot of the landscape around Strathnairn Homestead Gallery. Bring your camera, any lenses and a tripod. Joe will work his way around the group and spend a little one on one time with each participant. Maximum 15 participants.

Facilities : Strathnairn Gallery has tea, coffee and cake for sale. Toilets available. Free Parking.

This is a free event, but places are limited and bookings are essential.

Where : At Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90 Stockdill Dve, Holt

When : 3 00pm for a 3:30pm start.


For information about the exhibition and the works, contact the artist directly.

 email :

Phone 0429 233 616 (mob)



  Mail Address

Joseph Cali
GPO Box 2047
Canberra 2601

To contact Strathnairn Homestead Gallery

Michael Sainsbury(caretaker/sitemanager)
Ph 6254 2134

email :

web :


  Gallery Location
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt

Mail Address
PO Box 4746
Higgins ACT 2615



 Feeding Frenzy

As the January flood waters of the Paroo River receded during May, fish began their final migration upstream. Water birds were waiting.


Broken Promises

So often in rural Australia, it looks like rain, a small but significant probablility of rain is predicted yet it doesn't come. Three young boys might have been running to tell their parents the rain was coming, but it didn't fall.


 Perfect Storm

Near Walgett thunderstorms were predicted and they delivered!


Links to some other Exhibition Events

On a similar theme to Australia Just Add Water : -

Old Parliament House
The Strangers' Gallery, Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra
Beyond Reasonable Drought
5 July to 26 October 2008

Beyond Reasonable Drought features eighty extraordinary photographs, showing the harshness and beauty of the Australian landscape in drought, as well as the impact the drought has had on people in rural and urban communities around the country. Photographers include Andrew Chapman, Julie Millowick, Michael Amendolia, Ponch Hawkes, Bruce Postle and Tobias Titz. Beyond Reasonable Drought is a joint travelling exhibition by Old Parliament House and the MAP Group (Many Australian Photographers Group). This exhibition will be officially opened on Tuesday 8 July.

Contact: Greg Lissaman, or 02 6270 8110

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