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Freya Dooley; Members Show 2019

2 March to 27 April 2019

Freya Dooley: Somewhere in the crowd there’s you
Preview: 1 March, 6-8pm

We have been working with Freya Dooley over the past few months to develop the 2019 Members Show. Freya wowed us with her imaginative, performative, impressive proposal multi-channel sound installation, incorporating moving image, activated with live performance which will oscillate in and out of control of broken narratives, individual and grouped voices: the solo and the chorus.

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.

Freya Dooley works with the potential and limitations of the live and recorded voice. She is interested in the shared experience of listening and the effort of listening. Interruptions. Deviations. The point at which things crack. The work will be activated with performance on the opening night, combining fragmented soundtracks and disparate narratives around coming together and breaking apart.

This project is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.


Freya Dooley is an artist based in Cardiff. She has been an ESP member since 2017. She works with words, moving image, sound and performance. Her work combines literary and pop culture references to create unstable narratives, soundtracks and auto/biographical semi-fictions.  Often referring or returning to anxious states, she works towards an articulation of the inside turned out. She is interested in the voice as something in-between sound and language, thought and body. Freya also shares a collaborative practice with Cinzia Mutigli. 

Forthcoming solo projects include a solo exhibition at Chapter Gallery, Cardiff in 2019, 
supported by the Arts Council of Wales. She also recently received a Jerwood Visual Arts Bursary to develop her work with the live and recorded voice. Other solo commissions include Speakable Things, Oriel Davies, Powys, 2018; and Rhythms and Disturbances, g39, Cardiff, 2016.

Freya is a member of Yellow Back Books, a project supporting artist books, self-publishing and experimental writing with Clare Charles, Louise Hobson and Becca Thomas. She is also the curator of The Billboard Commission at Spit and Sawdust, Cardiff, where she also has a studio. She was a member of Syllabus III 2017-2018, a peer-led alternative learning programme, jointly delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire, Iniva, S1 Artspace and New Contemporaries. Freya is shortlisted for the Kleinwort Hambro Emerging Artist Prize 2019.