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Freya Dooley’s multi-disciplinary practice encompasses sound, moving-image, writing and performance, exploring connections and tensions between personal and collective experiences, particularly within the contexts of work and domestic life.

The themes in the exhibition relate to the musical and idiomatic meanings of the term ‘False Note’ – which is defined in music as a note that has been muted to the point that there is no discernable pitch, but is still an essential part of the composition and its rhythm. This term also has a murkier suggestion – to strike a false note is to miss the mark, fall out of sync – reminding us of miscommunications, untruths, insincerity and inconsistencies.

An exciting events programme will accompany the exhibition, including family-friendly and skills development workshops. There will also be an exciting live performance to close the exhibition, supported by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music. More to be announced soon.

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False Note is supported by Wales Venice 10 in partnership with Artes Mundi and DAC. Research and development for this project was supported by an Arts Council of Wales Create award and a Creative Wales-BSR Fellowship at The British School at Rome. We gratefully acknowledge support from PRS Foundation for the performance programme.

Lead image: Freya Dooley, production still.


Freya Dooley

Freya Dooley is an artist based in Cardiff, UK. Freya was the Creative Wales-BSR Fellow at The British School at Rome in 2021, and was awarded a Wales Venice 10 Artes Mundi Commission in 2022. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Diamonds and Rust, Goldsmiths CCA, London (2022); Temporary Commons, Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Arts, London (2021); Scenes from Between the Mountains and the Sea, Beppu Project, Oita, Japan (2020); New Writing with New Contemporaries, Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery (2019-20), The Song Settles Inside the Body it Borrows, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (2019) and Somewhere in the Crowd There’s You, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2019). Freya also often collaborates with other artists and musicians in projects which span performances, listening events, exhibition programmes and radio broadcasts.

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