Freya Dooley’s practice incorporates sound, writing, moving image, installation, and performance. Rooted in close-range observations, her semi-fictional narratives and sonic compositions often expand on the harmonies and tensions between personal and collective experiences. The voice – live, recorded, spoken, synchronised, muted, muttered and sung – is both a tool and subject in her work. She is interested in the narrative potential of sound design in her practice, and the social function of music in general.

Freya’s residency at Cove Park is supported by a Wales Venice 10 Artes Mundi commission. Her current work stems from research in post-synchronised sound in Italian Cinema which began during a Creative Wales Fellowship at the British School in Rome, Italy in 2021. She will be dedicating her time at Cove Park to new writing which sits within and alongside film and music exploring themes of communication, translation, and replacement.

Freya Dooley is an artist based in Cardiff. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Diamonds and Rust, Goldsmiths CCA, London (2022); Temporary Commons, Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Arts, London (2021); The Eavesdropper, Green Man Festival, Powys (2021); Scenes from Between the Mountains and the Sea, Beppu Project, Japan (2020); New Writing with New Contemporaries, Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery (2019-20) and The Song Settles Inside the Body it Borrows, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (2019). Freya also often collaborates with other artists and musicians in projects including listening events, performance programmes and broadcasts.

Image by Phoebe Davies.