Freya Dooley, Temporary Commons, 2021. Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Arts, London. Six-channel sound installation with captions. Photo: Anna Arca

Freya Dooley, Temporary Commons, 2021. Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Arts, London. Six-channel sound installation with captions. Photo: Anna Arca

Goldsmiths CCA is excited to announce a performance by Freya Dooley, who has been commissioned to respond to Virginia Overton’s current exhibition, Animal Magnetism. For this sprawling sound-based performance, Dooley will work with and against Overton’s architectural and sculptural works in the basement of the CCA building.

Dooley’s layered practice incorporates writing, sound, performance and moving image to explore forms of synchronisation and discord between voices, structures and bodies. The wider themes in her work relate to precarious states, social connection, and tensions between personal and collective experiences. Often rooted in close-range observations and intimate environments, her layered soundtracks and meandering fictional narratives expand outwards in scale, navigating their way through divergent subjects.

This live performance commission at CCA will encompass spoken text and musical composition. Dooley will be working with manipulations of live and recorded voice, field recordings and fragmented samples to respond to the surfaces, substances and textures of the exhibition, elaborating on broader themes of visibility, use, time and effort. Drawing parallels in her own process with Overton’s implementation of raw, reused and reimagined materials within institutional contexts, Dooley will be using interpretations and anecdotes gathered from some of Overton’s pieces as catalysts, ventriloquising invisible characters indicated or imagined in the works.

This event is free but booking is required; please visit the Eventbrite page here.


Freya Dooley is an artist based in Cardiff. Recent work has manifested as moving image, sound installations, radio broadcasts, musical experiments, performed monologues, publications and listening events. She also works with other artists, researchers and musicians, including Cinzia Mutigli, with whom she also shares an ongoing collaborative practice.

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In 2021, Freya was awarded the Creative Wales Fellowship at the British School at Rome, Italy. Recent exhibitions include Temporary Commons, commissioned for Jerwood Solo Presentations at Jerwood Arts, London (2021); The Eavesdropper, a site-specific moving-image commission for Green Man Festival, (2021); and Il Était Une Fois (2022) a group exhibition of work recently acquired for the collection at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, France. In 2020 she undertook a residency with Beppu Project, Oita, Japan, which culminated in the solo exhibition Scenes from Between the Mountains and the Sea (2020), supported by Wales Arts International. Other projects include At Practise, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (forthcoming, 2022); Ventriloquy for Radio, Holden Gallery, Manchester (2020); New Writing with New Contemporaries, with performances at Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery (2019-20); Somewhere in the Crowd There’s You, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2019); and The Song Settles Inside the Body it Borrows, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (2019). Freya was a member of Syllabus III, a peer-led alternative learning programme (2017-18) jointly delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire and Iniva.

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