Nadia Bettega

Exploring portraiture and place with young people from Brent Youth Inclusion Programme
13 February 2010 – 1 June 2012

Part of the following series:

Jubilee Line Series


Threads, a new project for Kingsbury and Charing Cross stations draws inspiration from the common expression, ‘travel expands the mind’. Young people from Brent Youth Inclusion Programme set out from their local Underground station Neasden to join photographer Nadia Bettega on a week-long journey to explore portraiture and place through photography. Together they visited significant places in Brent, located along the Jubilee line, including Wembley Park station and Wembley Stadium.

Everyone kept a daily journal in which they developed their ideas about the different people who might work at or visit each location. Building upon this, each participant then ‘acted out’ their own imaginary character in front of the camera and Bettega recorded their reflections on the day.

The group also visited exhibitions by international artists and photographers at Camden Arts Centre near Finchley Road Underground station and The Photographers’ Gallery in central London, to develop their knowledge of portraiture.

Bettega has produced a series of photographic portraits that are being exhibited at Kingsbury and Charing Cross Underground stations. The photographs reflects the variety of responses within the group to a single place at a specific moment in time, and also chart each individual’s creative progress across the week.

We have designed project notes to accompany this project which are free, downloadable PDF documents for use by wide audiences, from individual Tube customers and families to educational groups.

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Visiting Information

Artworks for this project are available to visit at the following stations. Where more detailed visiting information is available, page links have been included in the list below.


  • love the phone/temple shot


  • I was startled by the image looking out at me as I rushed up from the escalator at Sloane Square! It is so nice to celebrate real people in an art form – instead of advertising!!! Lovely image, thank you Nadia Bettega wherever you are!

    Eileen Cole

  • Really cool positive piece of work. Hope I have a chance to see it in real life at some point

    Miriam Mason-Sesay

  • I love the work at Charing Cross station – funny, empowering and surprising. Congratulations to all involved!


  • Uplifting, positive and funny images of young people. I have read about the project and it seems such a good idea. Well done Bettega and well done young people, your poses are great.


  • Saw this on my way to work this morning & it stopped me in my tracks. Just the thing for a wet, miserable day – cheerful, young faces full of optimisim, joy and confidence. And the imaginative way they interpreted their surroudnings is great. What a wonderful celebration of young poeple. Thank you.

    Vicky Trimikliniotis

  • it is fantastic work, well done!


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