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Freya Dooley’s multi-disciplinary practice encompasses sound, moving-image, writing and performance. Often rooted in close-range observations and informed by diverse cinematic, literary and musical references, her work comprises semi-fictional narratives and layered soundtracks which expand outwards in scale, weaving together voice, electronics and instrumentation. Forming intimate connections between divergent subjects, the wider themes in Dooley’s practice relate to the harmonies and tensions between personal and collective experiences, with a particular interest in structures of work and domestic living. 

Her upcoming solo exhibition at Site Gallery False Note comprises a suite of interconnected works which broadly explore themes of replacement, communication and connection. The narratives in the work relate to both the musical and idiomatic meanings of this term ‘False Note‘: miscommunications, untruths, insincerity, and inconsistencies. The soundtrack composition is  informed by Dooley’s recent research in Rome in post-synchronised sound and sonic artifice in Italian cinema.

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.

Free entry, please donate.
This work will be audio described.

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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