Steve McQueen Year 3 at Tate Britain

12 November–3 May 2020 | London

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I n collaboration with Tate Britain, Artangel and A New Direction, renowned British artist and filmmaker, Steve McQueen is presenting Steve McQueen: Year 3 – a city-wide collective class album.

Three rows of school children sitting and standing for their class photo
Year 3 class at Little Ealing Primary School 2018. Photograph © Tate.
portait of artist steve mcqueen in salmon-colored shirt
Steve McQueen. Photograph © John Russo.

Born in London himself in 1969, the artist has photographed an entire year group of school children - 115,000 seven-year-olds, capturing a moment of transition and a milestone in their education and development as they joined a new class in September this year.

The project will be presented at Tate Britain in a large-scale installation which will illustrate the diversity of the pupils and present a portrait of a coming London generation. In his words: ‘There’s an urgency to reflect on who we are and our future […] to have a visual reflection on the people who make this city work.’

Steve McQueen: Year 3 will be on view in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain from November 2019 to May 2020.

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