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 was on display throughout 2016.



I hope you have all had a great summer. There have been many visitors and passers by during these sunny months. Thank you for coming by!

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that the portraits on Lisson Grove will be coming down overnight on Thursday 8th September. Unfortunately the site layout had to be changed at the last-minute as the building works taking place progress, and there was not enough time to incorporate the portraits into the new hoardings going up along Lisson Grove.

The prints on Jerome and Bernhardt Crescent are still in-situ, many of them within the actual building site now as the building works are in full swing. They are still visible to visitors and residents which adds a new layer to the exhibition as the portraits interact with the working building site.

I just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your continued support of the project, particularly all of those people that were photographed. It has been amazing working with you all in getting my vision for this public art project realised. For a full list of thanks you’s please click here

If you have time to leave feedback on the exhibition it would be great to hear from you. You can either post your comments on the website here or email us at: contact@faceforward.photo

Watch this space for updates as the Lisson Grove site layout is constantly changing and there are other building sites going up in the near future! We are hoping there will be new, exciting opportunities for even more of your portraits to go up in the neighbourhood.

To see us out in style, what better way to celebrate than with these amazing photos from Maddy and Jay who got married last month and paid a visit to their portraits for a little dance after their wedding: just brilliant. Thanks so much for sending them in to us!







  • Charlotte Head

    September 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm → Reply

    Hi Emma
    I’ve just been doing some looking back and I’m so pleased to see that this project came about! If you remember I was there right at the beginning when this idea just got going with the arts and culture group.
    It’s a shame some of the hoardings are coming down but from the photos they looked great while they were up.
    Hope things are going well for you anyway,
    Charlotte (former vital staff member)

    • Emma Blau

      September 29, 2016 at 7:26 pm → Reply

      Hi Charlotte,

      So great to hear from you! Thank you for your lovely comments. I hope things are going well for you too….I’m so glad you have seen the work and have such wonderful feedback! EB

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