Image: Steve McQueen - Year 3
Solo Exhibition

Steve McQueen - Year 3 Tate Britain

Note: this show originally opened on 12 November 2019, but was closed along with other exhibitions at the Tate due to COVID-19. It will reopen on 27 July 2020.

Explored through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph, this vast new art work is one of the most ambitious portraits of children ever undertaken in the UK. It offers us a glimpse of the capital’s future, a hopeful portrait of a generation to come.

Steve McQueen invited every Year 3 pupil in London to have their photograph taken by a team of specially trained Tate photographers. They included children from state primaries, independent schools, faith schools, special schools, pupil referral units and home-educated pupils.

These class photos are brought together into a single large-scale installation, capturing tens of thousands of Year 3 pupils in a milestone year in their development.

Steve McQueen and Gary Younge in Conversation CANCELLED

Thursday, 23 April 2020 6:30 –8 pm
McQueen will be joined in conversation with the author, broadcaster and academic Gary Younge, and by Clarrie Wallis, curator of the Year 3 project at Tate Britain.

The event will be introduced by Anna Cutler, Director of Learning and Research at Tate.


Photo © John Russo

27 July 2020 - 31 January 2021

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