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Director Steve McQueen has said his ambitious contemporary art project to create a portrait of all of London’s Year 3 school pupils is the result of an “urgency to reflect on who are are and where we come from and what is the future”.
The film-maker and Turner Prize-winning artist plans to oversee photographs of tens of thousands of schoolchildren from across the capital over the next nine months.
Every primary school with Year 3 pupils will be invited to have their classes photographed for the project, with the resulting artwork to be displayed at London’s Tate Britain and around the capital next autumn.
Tate director Maria Balshaw has said it “may well be the most ambitious art work we have ever shown at Tate Britain”.
The project will aim to capture the moment of excitement, anxiety and hope in the milestone year for the seven and eight-year-olds.