ION-DRI 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'.

The UCL Public Art team are keen to deliver the programme of arts activities in collaboration with academics, researchers and clinicians, including both those who will be moving to 256 Grays Inn Road and those who will be staying in their current location.  

The team would like to talk to, and explore potential opportunities to work with, academics and researchers, clinicians, patient groups and wider communities. Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.


    The aim of the public art programme at Grays Inn Road is to broaden knowledge and awareness of the neurological research the building will support through artwork that will stimulate debate and provide a lasting legacy on the site.

    The artwork programme will form a key part of the site strategy’s ambition to unify patients, UCL’s academic and research communities and the wider communities around the site.

    The work is being made possible through the UCL’s commitment to public art as part of its Transforming UCL programme.

    Within UCL Culture, we have curators, producers and specialist working with a diversity of artistic practices. We have been working for about a year with a Steering Group made up of representatives from the Queen Square UCL Institute of Neurology IoN, the UK Dementia Research Institute UK DRI and the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

    We have started a number of key artistic commissions. Particularly significant is artist Annie Cattrell who, in collaboration with the project architects Hawkins Brown, is developing permanent artworks that will be integrated into the new building. 

    Artist Freya Gabie will be looking at the history of the site and is future uses, exploring unknown landscapes – both the hidden and unseen. Alongside her historical research and practical interrogation of the site she is also seeking to learn about and utilise research techniques such as sonar technologies.