Steve McQueen

Year 3

London
NOW 04 November 2018 - 03 May 2020
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Steve McQueen’s epic portrait of London’s year 3 pupils was seen on billboards across London in November 2019 and in an exhibition at Tate Britain.

The vast new artwork was one of the most ambitious visual portraits of citizenship ever undertaken, and in one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities.

Last year Steve McQueen, together with Tate, Artangel, and A New Direction, invited every year 3 class in London to be photographed. Through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph, Year 3 show tens of thousands of schoolchildren at a milestone year in their development. All aged between 7 and 8 years old, they stand smiling at the camera, facing the future. 


Image: Steve McQueen, Year 3. A partnership between Tate, Artangel and A New Direction. © Steve McQueen & Tate. Courtesy of Artangel. Billboard photographed in situ by Theo Christelis.

Artangel Billboards

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Artangel Billboards

Artangel unveiled Steve McQueen’s Year 3 on over 600 billboards across all 33 London boroughs. ⁣

The billboards featured huge class photos of year 3 school children from London primary schools.

It is estimated that almost 7 million people spotted them on the side of roads, on railway platforms, and at London Underground stations.

You can explore all the billboard locations here.

Dates

4 - 18 November 2019.

Location

Across London 
United Kingdom



Image: Steve McQueen, Year 3. A partnership between Tate, Artangel and A New Direction. © Steve McQueen & Tate. Courtesy of Artangel. Photo by Clare Morris.

Tate Britain Exhibition

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Tate Britain Exhibition

The Year 3 exhibition at Tate Britain placed 3,128 class photographs at the heart of the gallery. ⁣ ⁣

These photos contain the faces of 76,146 children from 1,504 London primary schools. That's two-thirds of the city’s entire population of seven-to-eight-year olds. ⁣

The exhibition is free to visit and open till 3 May 2020.

Dates

12 November 2019 - 3 May 2020

Location

Tate Britain
Millbank
Westminster
London 
SW1P 4RG
United Kingdom



Image: Steve McQueen, Year 3. A partnership between Tate, Artangel and A New Direction. © Steve McQueen & Tate. Courtesy of Artangel. 

About Steve McQueen

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Steve McQueen

Artist and director Steve McQueen first collaborated with Artangel on Carib's Leap/Western Deep, an immersive cinematic installation which premiered at Documenta in 2002 and then on the Tate Year 3 Project which began in 2018.

Perhaps best known for his heavy-hitting feature films Hunger, Shame, and the 2014 Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, these movies are just one element of his long-standing conceptual video art practice which has seen him win awards like the Turner Prize in 1999 and the Caméra d'Or at Cannes film festival in 2008. 

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Images: (left) Steve McQueen’s Year 3 class at Little Ealing Primary School, 1977.* Photographer: unknown; (above) Steve McQueen portrait. Courtesy BBC London. © Tate


*N.B. Every effort has been made to contact and gain approval from the individuals in this photography. If you have any new information or are featured in the image, please contact pressoffice@tate.org.uk . Steve McQueen is seated fifith from the left in the middle row.

Video: Radzi Chinyanganya

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Video: Radzi Chinyanganya introduces Year 3

Well, the idea is to photograph 3rd years in every school in London. To have an overview of London and to some extent of our future. To have a visual reflection of the people who are going to make this city work I think it's very very important and in some ways kind of urgent. — Steve McQueen

Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya introduces the project, meets current pupils of Steve McQueen’s own primary school, Little Ealing, and encourages teachers to join the other schools that have already signed up.

Steve McQueen describes his inspiration for the project and its scope.


This video is also available to watch on YouTube.

Production Credits

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Production Credits

The outdoor exhibition is curated by James Lingwood, Co-Director, Artangel and Cressida Day, Managing Director, Artangel. The Tate Britain exhibition is curated by Clarrie Wallis, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Nathan Ladd, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art; and is produced by Erin Barnes and Gemma Clarke.


Image: Year 3 class at Mayflower Primary School, Tower Hamlets, 2018. © Tate

 

Credits

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Who made this possible?

Credits

Steve McQueen Year 3 is a partnership between Tate, Artangel and A New Direction. Supported by Joseph and Abigail Baratta, De Ying Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, with additional support from Dana and Albert R. Broccoli Charitable Foundation, The Garcia Family Foundation, Wagner Foundation and Tate Americas Foundation. With media partner BBC London and film education charity partner Into Film.

Artangel is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by the private patronage of The Artangel International CircleSpecial AngelsGuardian Angels and The Company of Angels.

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