Have you spotted a #Year3Project billboard in London yet?
Turner Prize winner and filmmaker Steve McQueen released his latest endeavour, the #Year3Project - a major outdoor exhibition displayed on billboards across London. Comprising 613 portraits throughout the 33 London boroughs, the project displays class photographs of 76,000 children from London primary schools. The London-born artist's portraits focus exclusively on children in the education system's Year 3, with it being considered a milestone in a child's development as they gage a sense of their identity. This is the year these children ages 7-8 years old start to become more conscious of the big wide world that exists beyond their immediate family.
On the project's inception, the 12 Years a Slave director stated 'when you first start education, things start to change. When you start being aware of gender when you start being aware of race. When you start being aware of class. When those things come into your psyche - it can actually change your thoughts forever'. McQueen further notes 'my hope is that through the billboards, millions of Londoners can reflect on the past, the present and the future not only of themselves but of their city. I am very excited that this portrait of London will be seen by so many people as part of their daily life in this great city that I love'.
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, with the Tate adding 'Steve McQueen's project captures this moment of excitement, anticipation and hope through the medium of the traditional class photograph, with rows of smiling children sitting or standing alongside their teachers.'
The billboard based exhibition will run until 18 November 2019.
Find your local billboard by visiting artangel.org.uk/year-3-project/