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Steve McQueen to create portrait of London schoolchildren

In this Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, director Steve McQueen arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "I Am Not Your Negro" at LACMA. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LONDON (AP) -- Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen is planning an ambitious project to take a portrait of every third-year pupil in London -- tens of thousands in all.

The "12 Years a Slave" director will oversee a team of photographers taking class photos at all of London's 2,400 primary schools over the next nine months.

Tate Britain, which co-commissioned the work, said Tuesday that the project would capture a moment of "excitement, anxiety and hope" in the lives of the Year 3 children, who are 7 and 8 years old.

The work will be displayed at Tate Britain and other venues in London starting in November 2019.

London-born McQueen won art's prestigious Turner Prize in 1999 before launching a movie career. His latest film is the heist thriller "Widows," starring Viola Davis.

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