Year 3 children at Torriano took part in one of the most ambitious visual portraits of citizenship ever undertaken, in Steve McQueen’s #Year3project
Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen, together with Tate Britain, Artangel and A New Direction unveiled the project earlier this month. Using the medium of the traditional school class photograph, this epic installation brings together images of tens of thousands of Year 3 pupils from across London. It offers us a glimpse of the city’s future – a hopeful portrait of a generation to come.
Over the last year 1,504 of London’s primary schools with Year 3 pupils – including State, Independent, Faith and Special schools, Pupil Referral Units and home educated children – agreed to have their classes specially photographed by a bespoke team of Tate photographers. Every one of the resulting 3,128 class photographs, depicting two-thirds of the city’s entire population of seven-to-eight-year olds, are brought together in a large-scale installation lining the walls of Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries and free for all to visit.
The billboards can be spotted on the side of the road, on railway platforms, and at London Underground stations for most of November 2019. All the school photos will be presented together in a large-scale installation at Tate Britain on show from 12 November 2019 – 3 May 2020.
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