ION-DRI Programme


Freya Gabie

Freya Gabie is Artist in Residence, exploring the unique history of 256 Grays Inn Road and its significance as a hospital to create an archive of research as well as a series of works that could be integrated into both buildings of the dual hub - 256 Grays Inn Road and Queen Square.

Freya's studio at 256 Grays Inn Road
Freya studied sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art. Her practice is site responsive: focusing on connection and exchange, making objects, drawings and interventions that respond to particular histories, stories and places, peeling under the surface to expose hidden layers.

She regularly works collaboratively with a wide spectrum of individuals and communities both in the UK and abroad. Previous projects include working with an opera singer to stage a live performance in central London from a coal-hole, a group of miners in the North of England, an entire community in Tower Hamlets, London; forming a continuous day-long acapella performance from dawn to dusk; a ‘swansong’ to a medieval garden condemned for demolition and redevelopment. She collaborated with UK financial traders and traditional Lancashire clog dancers to create a clog dance interpreting the financial trading data of BREXIT.



Excavations at 256 Grays Inn Road

Work in Progress

Find out more about Freya's site history residency for 256 Grays Inn Road, including her research so far, historical images and works-in-progress sketches

Freya's studio at 256 Grays Inn Road

In Conversation With...

Find out more about Freya's practice and why she was inspired to take on the role as artist in residence on a new centre for neurological research