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 and you don’t need to book a 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

A family reaching for resources in the entrance hall

© photo Rikard Österlund

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. You might want to drop off any pushchairs in the cloakroom before exploring the exhibition. You can borrow ear defenders from the Information desks.

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

If you come to Steve McQueen Year 3 on a weekend, you can head to the Manton Studio on the ground floor for our Adventure Hours. Our friendly Learning Assistants will meet you there to take you to the gallery.

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

4. Make art together

Two kids drawing on the floor

© Tate

Once you’ve seen the exhibition, find your way to our immersive studio in the learning gallery where the whole family can take part in a practical artmaking session. You can try making cut-outs, collages or performances.

5. Take a break

Family eating in the Djangoly cafe

© photo Rikard Österlund

In the Djanogly café, children eat free when one adult buys a main course from the hot food or à la carte menu. Children can choose from the Kids Meal Deal or Pick and Mix lunch bags. You can also eat anywhere you like in the building that isn't a gallery space.

Get comfortable, talk about the exhibition or read in the cosy Manton studio (ground floor). You may come across a storyteller who will take you on a journey through stories exploring identity, community and the future.

6. Explore the shop

Tate Britain shop

© photo Rikard Österlund

Before you go home, stop by the Tate Shop on the ground floor. Families get 10% off books, toys and art materials at Tate Britain during the run of Steve McQueen Year 3. Children can choose a pencil, two postcards and a wooden toy for £3 as part of the deal.

7. Get the boat

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 between 12 November 2019 and 3 May 2020. To book and for full terms and conditions visit Thames Clippers.

Visit Steve McQueen Year 3 from 12 November 2019 until 3 May 2020.

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