Steve McQueen: Year 3


This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2022.

ISBN: 9781849767767 Category:

Steve McQueen


Year 3 is one of the most ambitious records of citizenship ever undertaken. Using the medium of the traditional school class photograph, this epic work captures tens of thousands of London schoolchildren from a single academic year. Mapping a picture of the present, the artwork captures a milestone year in a child’s personal development: the moment when they become more conscious of the world beyond their immediate family. It is a critical time for them to develop confidence in all areas of life, to understand more about their place in the changing world and to think about the future. Depicting rows of children sitting or standing alongside their teachers and teaching assistants, Year 3 reflects this moment of excitement, anxiety and hope.

Year 3 is more than a portrait of a generation however: it documents and explores, in a way never before attempted, a range of urgent ideas connected to the UK, and to our world, today. This book takes the photographs as a starting point and looks ahead, commenting on and contextualising the artwork and its message, but also providing a platform for new voices, and a new set of ideas. Year 3 is less a commemoration and more an active extension of the
artwork itself: ‘a glimpse of the capital’s future, a hopeful portrait of a generation to come.’

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 32 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 4 August 2022
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.7 x 32 cm
Weight 300 g


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Sir Steve McQueen CBE was born in 1969 in London; he lives and works in London and Amsterdam. Large-scale surveys of McQueen's work have been held at Tate Modern in 2020, the Schaulager, Basel in 2013 and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012