August 17th @ 6pm

Post Industrial Design
638 Barkly Street
West Footscray



Home exists within and without, both figuratively and metaphorically - as a concrete construct and an emotional abstraction. It is a spatial element; a submergent; a space that both embraces and oppresses.Bound by elemental properties of attraction and repulsion, home is a place of sanctuary and sometimes danger. My work explores the body in relation to the physical architecture of place and the internal landscape of belonging. 

As an evolving site of departure and rediscovery, rest and rejuvenation, entrances and exits, home can be predictable and yet not; constant whilst ever changing. I am interested in the bodies that inhabit this realm, the identities and relationships that are formed within this landscape and the possibilities for re-imagining community and connection.

My arts practice is my creative home, my geographical relationship is with Melbourne’s West, as West Footscray is the location of my family home, and I am excited by the opportunity to explore these facets of my identity in an embodied work around themes of belonging.


Isabella Gilbert is a Dancer/Actor/Singer who is currently in her second year of tertiary studies at the Victorian College of the Arts (Dance). Her theatre credits include: ‘Stark Dark Albert Park’ (Laurel Armstrong) at Gasworks for Melbourne Fringe 2018, Melbourne Monologues 2018 (Sabine) & 2016 (Humpster Dumpster), ‘The Trauma Project’ (La Mama Explorations 2017), ‘St Kilda Stories’, for Melbourne Fringe 2017 (Bathing Beauty), ‘Six Degrees in Melbourne’ at La Mama Courthouse, 2017, ‘After Juliet’ (Juliet/Valentine), ‘Hamlet’ (Ophelia), ‘It Only Hurts When You Smile’ (Ensemble), as well as regular readings for ‘The Melbourne Writers’ Theatre’. Isabella presented her solo work ‘Nexus’ at the West Projections Festival 2018 and performed in Rebecca Jensen’s work ‘Blue Illusion’ (2018). 

TV credits include the roles of Helen in ‘The Dr Blake Mysteries’ (ABC, 2016) and Catherine in ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ (ABC, 2013) along with a variety of TVC’s (Coles, Myer Melbourne, RACV). Isabella recorded her original songs ‘Elijah’ and ‘Just Like I Did Then’ at Audrey Studios in Brunswick and works regularly as a dancer/choreographer.

Isabella’s passion is to create theatre for strong women – the artist as activist.