The archive of children’s and young people’s art forms the core, around which the activities of the Art Centre for Children and Young People has grown. The seeds of the archive were sown when Eino Vesalainen, a Hyvinkää artist and art teacher, organised an international exhibition of children’s and young people’s art in 1971. The archive has further accumulated thanks to subsequent exhibitions, held every 3 or 4 years, and in 2010, the archive comprises approximately 110 000 artworks from some 130 countries.

The 16th International Art Exhibition for Children and Young People was held in 2017. The aim of the exhibitions is not only to display art by children and young people, but also to collect pictorial evidence of the environment and surroundings that children and young people live in around the world. The exhibitions are often arranged around a loose theme, in 2017, the theme was Together. All the artworks submitted are included in the international archive of children’s and young people’s art. Artworks in the archive are compiled into exhibitions and displayed in the centre’s own gallery. These exhibitions are also loaned out to other venues. Individual artworks are also given on loan to public and corporate buildings.

The artworks in the archive are mainly drawings, paintings and prints on paper. The age of the artists in the archive ranges from 3 to 20. The international exhibitions have separate series for under 7 year olds, 7 to 9 year olds, 10 to 12 year olds, 13 to 15 year olds and 16 to 18 year olds. The archive is being digitised and catalogued. Digitised artworks are displayed at different web exhibitions and virtual exhibitions. The web exhibitions can be accessed through this website. More than half of the archive is now in digital format and indexed, and at the disposal of researchers at the Art Centre for Children and Young People.


Web exhibitions exhibitions

The virtual exhibitions of the international collection of children and young people’s art can be viewed from the touch screen at the lobby of Villa Arttu, and the web exhibitions here on the art centre’s website. The Art Centre for Children and Young People compiles virtual and web exhibitions from the digitalised material in its international collection of children’s and young people’s art.



The picture of the poster: “Kiss” Olivia Rabishaw (Canada)

The 16th International Exhibition of Children and Young People

4.10.2017 – 19.1.2018
Villa Arttu

Around 6,800 works from 66 countries were sent to the International Exhibition of Children and Young People arranged in Hyvinkää for the 16th time. A jury consisting of art professionals chose 670 works to be awarded with diplomas. (A table showing the number of diplomas per country can be found below. The awarded participants have been informed personally, but their names are not shown here relying on data privacy.)

An exhibition of almost 200 awarded works was built in Villa Arttu, the Art Centre for Children and Young People. Paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, videos and other digital works from 46 countries are shown there. The awarded works are shown not only on the walls of the Villa Arttu Gallery, but also digitally on screens and on the Internet.

Being together and living together is a part of Finland’s Centenary Programme’s theme. In the works of our exhibition, both people and animals live together side by side, bonded by family, village, culture, species or environment. The images tell us that we need others to cope with the everyday work and tasks but also to share leisure time, to celebrate, to dine, to dance and to play.

The works show cultural differences but also the things connecting us all: a need for friendship, closeness and safety. Love and tenderness belong to everyone. Although different outside, inside we are all alike.

The works in the exhibition show also the downsides of living together. Sharing a living space may lead to abuse, being caught or even to war. A sorrow of loneliness and being an outsider are also present in the works. Yet it is sometimes good to be just by oneself. And even if a friend is not right there IRL (“in real life”), things and togetherness can be shared in a digital environment, too.

A multisensory room has been built for the exhibition. There you can relax while sensing the different materials of the room and watching the digital works of the exhibition. Working together within differentart fields is the theme of the workshops for schools and kindergartens and the Family Day’s program. At the experimental workshops, the children of kindergartens meet with the elderly and the children within preparatory education meet with the children within basic and special education.

Open Mon-Thu 12 am to 7 pm, Fri 12 am to 4 pm. Free entrance. Open for groups also before noon.

Guided Tour Tue 31.10. (Arttu Day) at 5 pm / Hyvinkää 100 Years – Lectures.

Family Day Sat 11.11. from 10 am to 3 pm Villan joulu / Villa’s ChristmasThu 9.12. from 10 am to 3 pm

For more information, please contact
Producer Päivi Venäläinen paivi.venalainen(a) tel +358 50 308 3625
Executive Director Raisa Laurila-Hakulinen raisa.laurila(a) tel +358 40 757 8375

NOTICE!  The numbers in the table do not mean the number of senders but number of diplomas.