Still from The Host, 2019


CONTACT / freyadooley (at) gmail (dot) com


Writing is at the centre of my practice, which encompasses fragmented narratives, dialogues, soundtracks and semi-fictions combining literary and pop-culture references. Texts often manifest as moving image works, intimate sound installations, publications, visual essays or spoken performances. My work is concerned with the potential and limitations of the voice and often operates in anxious states. I am interested in the voice as something in-between: internal and external, sound and language, thought and body. My current research relates to attention, characterisation, and forms of ventriloquism.

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. Both projects are supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

I also share an ongoing 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. In 2018 our performance, Being Sharon- about our favourite soap operas and how their story-lines intersect with our own real and imagined lives- 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, de-centralised project with Clare Charles, Louise Hobson and Becca Thomas distributing and exhibiting artist books, and providing a platform in Wales for self-publishing and experimental writing.

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.