Cali’s work is multi award winning combining more than 18 years of professional experience across the arts, cultural, community sectors including 7 years in cultural development in local government. Offering a distinct creative edge, Cali has a
recognised track record in pioneering at the intersection point of arts, culture, creativity, and communities ground up led change. Cali specialises in Community Cultural Development practice and breaking new ground in complex creative collaborations towards social change, empowering less dominant voices and enabling deep transformation. She has pioneered the concept of transformation in the 4th Space, publishing on this in the journal International Arts in Society Series: The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts (2016). More recently she established the project Western Sydney 4th Space Lab during her Artist Residency at Blacktown Arts Centre. This project with cocollaborator
Wendy McDougall will undertake a creative inquiry into this space with 20 practitioners and artists across Western Sydney (in development).
Cali is adept at facilitating and bringing together creative collaborations across multi art forms, diverse partnerships, and communities of practice including in Arts Disability, indigenous theatre projects on many productions she undertook as assistant to Noel C Tovey. More recently she has spent 10 years living and working with artists and marginalised communities in outer Western Sydney.
Cali has worked on independent theatre productions including the premiere of Little Black Bastard with Noel Tovey, also Pork Chop Productions, the Bell Shakespeare Company, State Theatre South Australia, and Riverina Theatre Company. Cali established theatre workshops in Arts Disability practice including the Access Arts program Sound Circles in Sydney and a Creative Expression program at St Ives CAS, The Spastic Centre. Cali is the original creator of Unlock Your Creativity, which ran for 4 years with funding from City of Sydney and the Australia Council for the Arts. At present
Cali is nearing completion of a Doctorate in Cultural Research at the Institute for Culture and Society (Western Sydney University), her practice led research focuses on collaborative creative process between artists, people and their communities and institutions.