Face Forward

  • Face Forward is a public art exhibition created by award-winning photographic artist Emma Blau that utilises building site hoardings in the Church Street area of Westminster, which is currently undergoing regeneration. A resident herself, Blau's large-scale photographic portraits feature local people who will be affected by the huge transformations taking place in their neighbourhood. Face Forward is on display throughout 2016.


  • Thank You

    The biggest thank you must go to all of the people in the Church Street area who put their trust in me and had their portrait taken. Thank you for all of your enthusiasm about the project and for taking part. I literally could not have done any of this without you.

    Face Forward would also not have been possible without all of the following people and organisations’ help, advice and assistance:


    Mike Hartley who created this website, using ‘The J A Mortram’ WordPress Theme which he developed. The full-screen photo galleries are fantastic.


    All of my photographic assistants:

    Andrew John Simpson

    Karolina Hubner

    Matthew Lloyd

    Claudia Legg

    Meg Mackay

    Anna Michell

    Claudia Moroni

    George Zenko


    Ismail Ali for his artisan coffee and delectable snacks served at his pop-up brew bar in the studio on our shoot days.

    Kate Barrett

    Martin Bell at Fruitmachine Design 

    Theo Gordon

    Julie Grahame

    Cheryl Newman

    Rachel Palmer

    Hannah Watson at TJ Boulting & Trolley Books

    All the members of the Church Street Arts & Culture Working Group, past and present, including:

    Charlotte Fergusson,‎ Cultural Partnerships Officer, Westminster City Council

    Denis Kane at Penfold Community Hub

    Cllr. Barbara Grahame, Church Street Ward

    Louise Shelley at The Showroom

    Emily Skeppner and Melanie de Blank at Lisson Gallery

    Dave Wybrow at The Cockpit

    Tilley Harris & Alex Pielak at Mapify Church Street

    Martin Whittles

    The Church Street Future Steering Group and their chairman, Joe Hegarty.

    All the staff at Church Street Library

    Chris Chadbon and Simon Gregory at SPM Printing

    Marco Torquati

    Kate Wright

    St. Edwards Primary

    Fisherton Pre-School

    Gateway Academy

    King Solomon Academy 

    Paddington Development Trust

    Vital Regeneration

    City of Westminster College

    Westminster Adult Education Service

    Westminster City Council, who funded this exhibition project as part of the ongoing regeneration of Church Street.


    Thank you everyone!