CHROMA, digital print installation, Castello, Venice, 2015


CONTACT / freyadooley (at) gmail (dot) com

I work with writing, moving image, sound and performance (and sometimes with collage, print and publication.) My work often combines literary and pop culture references to create fragmented narratives, dialogues, soundtracks and semi-fictions. My current research is concerned with the potential and limitations of the voice, and the effect of sound on emotional, psychological and physical states. I recently received a Jerwood Visual Arts artist bursary to develop a body of work experimenting with the live and recorded voice, and am a participant in the forthcoming New Writing with New Contemporaries programme, which will include performances at Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery in the Autumn. Recent solo exhibitions include Somewhere in the Crowd There’s You, the ESP Members Show at Eastside Projects, Birmingham and The Song Settles Inside of the Body It Borrows at Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (which runs until 14 July 2019). Both projects are supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

I also share a collaborative practice with artist Cinzia Mutigli. We have been making performance, broadcast and publication works, as well as initiating projects and performance events with other artists, since 2013. Our recent performance, Being Sharon, was commissioned for Experimentica 18, Chapter's annual international performance and live art festival in Cardiff.

I have a studio at Spit and Sawdust in Cardiff, an artspace and skatepark where I curate The Billboard Commission. The current commission is Women Hold Up Half the Sky by Jasleen Kaur, which you can visit until September 2019.

I’m a member of Yellow Back Books, a collaborative project around artist books, publishing and experimental writing with Clare Charles, Louise Hobson and Becca Thomas.

I was also a participant in Syllabus III, a UK based peer-led alternative learning programme with nine other artists, which was jointly delivered with Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire, Invia, S1 Artspace and New Contemporaries in 2017 - 2018.


Born Gloucestershire, 1989

Based in Cardiff, UK



2017 – 2018         SYLLABUS III: Peer-led alternative learning programme jointly delivered by Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), Eastside Projects (Birmingham),

New Contemporaries (Newcastle), S1 Artspace (Sheffield), Spike Island (Bristol), Iniva (London) Studio Voltaire (London),

with lead artists Jesse Darling and Harold Offeh

2016                      NODE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES, Creative Forms of Art Criticism and Writing

2008 - 2011          BA (HONS) FINE ART at Cardiff School of Art and Design, UK (First Class Honors)



2019                       SOMEWHERE IN THE CROWD THERE’S YOU, ESP Members Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Curated by Gavin Wade (Supported by Arts Council Wales)

                                THE SONG SETTLES INSIDE OF THE BODY IT BORROWS (working title) Chapter Gallery, Cardiff. Curated by Hannah Firth (Supported by Arts Council Wales)

2018                       SPEAKABLE THINGS, Litmus Commission, Oriel Davies, Powys. Curated by Louise Hobson

2017                       Publication launch of RHYTHMS AND DISTURBANCES and performance at g39, Cardiff

2016                       RHYTHMS AND DISTURBANCES, g39, Cardiff. Commissioned as part of CARDIFF CONTEMPORARY Festival. Curated by Jude Bennett



2018-19                 JERWOOD ARTS, London (Artist Bursary)

2018-                     YELLOW BACK BOOKS, Project around artist books and publishing in collaboration with Clare Charles, Louise Hobson and Becca Thomas

2017-19                 BILLBOARD COMMISSION (Curator) Spit and Sawdust, Cardiff

Commission #2: Women Hold Up Half the Sky by Jasleen Kaur (Launches March 2019)

Commission #1: Crudely Plucking the Strings by Chris Alton


2018                 FUTURE POSSIBLE with Yellow Back Books, Campfa, Cardiff (collaborative project). With Melissa Appleton and Cinzia Mutigli

2018                 THE BOAT STUDIO, roaming water-based residency, Gloucestershire

                          TIME AND SPACE, Residency at Metal, Southend-on-Sea

2015                 ENTER TEXT, Arteles Residency Centre, Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Funded by Wales Arts International

UNIT(E), g39, Cardiff

2013                 G.O WEST RESIDENCY, The New Art Gallery Walsall, West Midlands



2018 BEING SHARON, commissioned for EXPERIMENTICA 18: ABOUT TIME Chapter, Cardiff

              TABLE READS, Oriel Davies, Powys. Performance event in collaboration with Cinzia Mutigli with invited artists Rhiannon Lowe and Sam Hasler

               YOU WILL GET THE CREDIT, performance for the event ROLL CREDITS. Commissioned by Holly Davey for ‘The Conversation’ at g39, Cardiff

I LOVE YOU, BUT…, Performance at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

2017                   TALK PRETENDING, Cardiff Artists Book Fair, Printhaus, Cardiff

2016                    WHAT EVERYBODY WANTS, for WORK, Broadacre House, Newcastle

2014                    ON RECORD, Commissioned by CARDIFF CONTEMPORARY festival, exhibition and events programmed curated by Freya Dooley and Cinzia Mutigli

EXPERIMENTICA14: OFF THE PAGE, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

                             PITCH 3: ON THE RADIO. Performance for radio commissioned by Pitch/ good cop bad cop

2013                    UNSUNG SONGBOOK: Publication and performance. Commissioned by Made in Roath, Cardiff

                             IN CONVERSATION: Performance for radio commissioned by Made in Roath, Cardiff



2018 READING WEEK (Performance) for FS at CBS Gallery, Liverpool. Project by Kevin Hunt

TOUGH MATTER for NTS RADIO (Broadcast) with Ashley Holmes

FORCED COLLABORATION (Online). Curated by Georgia Gendall

CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS, (Performance and group exhibition), Guest Projects, London

TOUGH MATTER X SYLLABUS, (Screening), Delicious Clam, Sheffield

                                GUEST PROJECTS, London, (Screening) Anniversary Weekend programme

MORE OF AN AVALANCHE, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (with SYLLABUS III). Curated by John Eng Kiet Bloomfield

CHAPTER READS, Peilot, Chapter, Cardiff

FORWARD, Recent Activity, Birmingham

FOMO fm, (Broadcast), Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL

2017                       GROUP SHOW: EPISODE #2: CRITICISM (Podcast commission) 12o Collective, London. Project by Caitlin Merrett King

Performance at Spike Island, Bristol programmed in conjunction with SYLLABUS III 

A SECOND TRIBUTE TO JB, (Performance and group exhibition) Spit and Sawdust, Cardiff

CAN I BE ME, (Performance) The Northern Charter, Newcastle. Programmed in conjunction with Syllabus III, New Contemporaries and BALTIC

A TRIBUTE TO JB, Freeshop, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL

TWO YEAHS! #4: A TRIP, SHE ECHOED (Performance for broadcast), Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL

2016                       LLE, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland

2015                       RUNOKLUBI NO 2, (Performance) Hämeenkyrö, Finland



2018                       COUNTERPOINT, risograph publication by members of Syllabus III. Commissioned by Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2016 - 17               RHYTHMS AND DISTURBANCES, artist book. Supported by Arts Council Wales and g39

2015                      Co-Editor: JONATHAN BALDOCK, THE SOFT MACHINE. Published by Chapter Gallery


2018                      Shortlisted for KLIENWORT HAMBROS EMERGING ARTIST PRIZE

ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES, Large Production Grant (current)

                                JERWOOD VISUAL ARTS, Artist Bursary

2017                       FENTON ARTS TRUST funding recipient for Syllabus III

ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES Professional Development funding recipient for Syllabus III

A-N Documenta14 Travel Award

2016                       ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES Research and Development grant for Rhythms and Disturbances, g39

2015                     WALES ARTS INTERNATIONAL funding with support from Chapter for research trip to San Francisco

A-N Re:View Mentoring Bursary

2011                     HELEN GREGORY Memorial Prize

2010                     DULCIE MAYNE STEPHENS Travel Award