ION-DRI Programme


Our Arts Programme

Over the next three years, UCL Public Art will be delivering a programme of arts activities for the IoN-DRI programme, called 'Harmony; Creativity; Welcome; Hope'.

Harmony, Creativity, Welcome, Hope is a wide-ranging programme of arts activities designed to complement the IoN-DRI programme, across both the landmark new building at 256 Grays Inn Road and at the existing hub at Queen Square. 

As well as supporting a number of new public artworks at 256 Grays Inn Road, that will stimulate debate and provide a lasting legacy, UCL Public Art will work in collaboration with academics, researchers, clinicians, patients and the local community to create a programme to broaden knowledge and awareness of the ground-breaking neurological research that will be made possible by the new facility. 

Our art programme - part of UCL’s ongoing commitment to public art across all its estates - forms an integral part of the site strategy’s ambition to unify patients, UCL’s academic and research communities and the wider communities around the site.

Working with a steering group made up of representatives from the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, the UK Dementia Research Institute and the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the programme’s key artistic commissions include Annie Cattrell who, in collaboration with the project architects Hawkins\Brown, is developing permanent artworks that will be integrated into the new building and Freya Gabie will be looking at the history of the site and is future uses, exploring unknown landscapes – both the hidden and unseen. 

Artist Studios 

Artist Studio at 256 Grays Inn Road

Our Grays Inn Road site boasts a suite of artists’ studios on the site of the former Eastman Dental Hospital allowing our artists space to create, collaborate and feel inspired by the building’s history, people and legacy as well as its vision for the future

A range of projects support the programme, including Arbor – creating a series of researcher-artist collabs, The Lab, co-creating a work with artist Krystle Patel and lab-users, a research project about dementia and colour and a community gardening project with Harun Morrison and our next-door neighbours Calthorpe Community Garden 

Annie Cattrell

Art and Architecture

Our key public art commissions, which will appear on and around 256 Grays Inn Road, including Annie Cattrell and Freya Gabie


Trellis: Arbor

Our knowledge-exchange programme for staff and researchers from across the Queen Square Institute of Neurology and artists and communities

Brain Sciences movement lab

The Lab

Our project to demystify the secret world of the lab by pairing artists with labs and project teams from across Queen Square Institute of Neurolog


Community Garden Project

We’re collaborating with local communities, to create a series of community garden spaces 


Colour and dementia research project

We're investigating how people with neurological disorders experience colour, light and vision to change the way we create accessible and inclusive spaces