Solo exhibition at Chapter Gallery, Cardiff. Curated by Hannah Firth

Preview: Friday 29 March, 6-8pm // Exhibition: 30 March – 28 April, 2019

A solo exhibition of new and existing works, including a commission of a new multi-channel film installation in the Gallery and print works in the Art in the Bar space in the art centre’s cafe.

‘The Host’, a new multi-screen audio-visual work, takes Mark Twain’s 1876 short story A Literary Nightmare as it’s departure point, in which the protagonist is tormented by an earworm jingle and only finds relief by passing this affliction on to an unwitting audience. Elaborating on the real and imagined experiences of a reluctant host to dream-like states, stubborn parasites and repeated riffs, Dooley explores the effects of listening on our emotional and physical states.

The song settles inside of the body it borrows deviates from existing literary narratives to explore the potential and limitations of the voice, consumed bodies and occupied minds.


Synaptic Island Listening Session # 11 /// EARWORMS

Tuesday 16 April 2019, 6-9pm 

Freya Dooley invites Synaptic Island to host a listening session at Chapter Arts Centre as part of her current exhibition ‘The Song Settles Inside the Body it Borrows’ with the theme: 



hooks, riffs and multiples, 

chewing over,



real and imagined




If you would like to join us for an evening of collective listening, please bring one track (MP3 format) in response to the above theme which you would like to share with the group. We welcome music of all genres and you may respond to the theme in any way you like. There is no pressure to bring or even play a track at the session, you are welcome to just come and listen.

This event is open to women, non binary people, and all other trans people.

Synaptic Island are a collective of women and non-binary DJs that host bi-monthly listening sessions, and regular open deck sessions at Corsica Studios in London. // //


Tuesday 23 April, 6.30 - 8.30pm

An informal reading group featuring texts which explore themes in the exhibition and have informed my research.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

SOMEWHERE IN THE CROWD THERE’S YOU, 1 March to 27 April 2019

Solo exhibition, ESP Members Show at Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Melody, harmony, cacophony, beat.

This multi-channel sound installation layers collected vocals, earworm hooks, choral fragments and field recordings, oscillating between synchronisation and discord. Tensions between the solo and the chorus: precarious rhythms, tensions and surges, climaxes and relaxations. Melody broken to a sum of its parts. Considering the ‘group’ as something simultaneously claustrophobic and comforting, embracing and alienating, the work takes its title from ‘Super Trouper’ by the not-so-harmonious-pop-group Abba.

The work will be activated with performance on the opening night, combining fragmented soundtracks and disparate narratives around coming together and breaking apart.

More info here. Curated by Gavin Wade.


LISTENING PARTY: Freya Dooley with Phoebe Davies and Ashley Holmes, 5 April, 6 - 9pm

Listening Party is a disruption of the exhibition and an invitation to synchronise, with commissioned mixes by artists Phoebe Davies and Ashley Holmes. The event borrows the model of a two-channel silent disco to create a social space for private listening. This Listening Party is a result of ongoing conversations between the three artists around music, sound and sound-tracking: the intimacy of listening as a way to alter or accompany mental, emotional and physical states.

This project is supported by Arts Council of Wales





BILLBOARD COMMISSION (curator) at Spit and Sawdust, Cardiff

Jasleen Kaur: Women Hold Up Half The Sky

14 March – 22 September 2019

Launch event: 14 March, 6-8pm

In Women Hold Up Half The Sky, artist Jasleen Kaur explores postcolonial gender roles, using collage to doctor an archival image of a military gymnastics display by members of the 2nd Royal Battalion (Ludhiana Sikhs) in Waziristan. Tamed men precariously balance on each others necks, propped up by Kaur’s mother’s hand: a gesture towards her research into the invisibility of women’s voices and discovering non-masculine forms of resistance.

Much of Jasleen’s research draws upon feminist writing and the testimonies of lived experiences of women. As part of her project, she has selected a reading list of key books and reference texts which have informed her project and will be available to read at Spit & Sawdust for the duration of the commission.

Women Hold Up Half The Sky by Jasleen Kaur will run from 14 March – 22 September 2019. The Billboard Commission is sited in the outdoor yard space of Spit & Sawdust and provides a large-scale, site-specific platform for artists to develop new work within this multi-aspect venue.

The Billboard Commission is curated by Freya Dooley and supported by The Arts Council of Wales.

GROUP READ led by Jasleen Kaur

14 March 3-5pm

Ahead of the public launch of her Billboard Commission, Women Hold Up Half the Sky, Jasleen Kaur will host an intimate and informal reading group.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales



YELLOW BACK BOOKS is a collaborative project- currently formed of Clare Charles, Freya Dooley, Louise Hobson and Becca Thomas- around artist books, book shops and experimental writing. Forthcoming events and reading groups will be announced in 2019.