Family in Tate Britain looking at art

© photo Rikard Österlund

The exhibition Steve McQueen Year 3 is an epic portrait of all the 7–8 year olds who live in London.

Over the course of one year, a team of specially trained Tate photographers visited year 3 classes in schools all over the city. Over 76,000 children had their class photograph taken!

The exhibition is free but you need to book a timed ticket.

Before you visit

Year 3 Class Photograph

Year 3 Class Photograph © Steve McQueen & Tate

If your child was part of the exhibition, contact their school for the exact location of their photograph. Visitor Assistants will not be able to show you the location of any specific photo. This is for safeguarding reasons.

What to expect when you arrive

When you arrive, pick up a map or ask a Visitor Assistant to help you find your way to the Duveen galleries.

We have Visitor Assistants and Family Hosts ready to help you and direct you to baby change facilities, the café and accessible toilets.

Find out more about accessibility at Tate Britain.

1. Explore the group portrait 

The artist Steve McQueen chose to photograph 7 and 8 year old children because he thinks it’s a pivotal time in a child’s development.

Are your children the same age, older or younger? Talk about what it feels like to be that age as you walk around the exhibition as a family.

Who might this group of 7 and 8 year olds become?

2. Compare the photographs

Father and daughter looking at a scrap of paper together

A lot of people had school photograph days every year at school. You had to make sure your uniforms looked smart and you smiled for the camera.

Choose two photographs side by side somewhere in the gallery and compare how the children are posing. Are they being cheeky? Are they all smiling? How are they positioned?

As a family, talk about memories of school photograph day. How do they compare to Steve McQueen Year 3?

3. Go on an art adventure

Pick up a pack of our Adventure Cards from our visitor hosts when you visit the gallery.

They will introduce you to fun, playful and sometimes silly ways of exploring this epic school portrait.

4. Sketch in the gallery

Two kids drawing on the floor

© Tate

You could bring a pencil and paper and doodle what you can see in the gallery. Not just the school portraits but the other people around you!

5. Take a break

Family eating in the Djangoly cafe

© photo Rikard Österlund

Stop in at the Djanogly café, or eat anywhere you like in the building that isn't a gallery space.

6. Get the boat

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers is offering free boat travel to and from Tate Britain’s Millbank Pier for one child (5-15 years; under 5s travel for free as standard) travelling with one full-paying adult (per transaction).

Available for online bookings only using code TATEKIDS for single/return tickets to/from Millbank Pier until 31 January 2021. To book and for full terms and conditions visit

Steve McQueen Year 3 is a partnership between Tate, Artangel and A New Direction with collaboration from media partner BBC London and film partner Into Film