The Network activities are:

  • We collect and saveguard children´s drawings and initiate interdisciplinary research and university studies (PhD studies) on historical children´s and youth drawings.
  • We encourage international exchange with conferences, workshops, exhibitions and publications.
  • We elaborate educational materials.
  • We appreciate and promote these archive stocks as an important cultural heritage.
  • IRAND cooperates with the interdisciplinary working group World Heritage Education.

Conferences, workshops, meetings

1 October 2022

IRAND. III. Workshop: Child and Youth Drawing Research

IRAND. II. Workshop: Child and Youth Drawing Research

30. April 2022

with contributions by

Christel Hiltmann (The “Gestalt Archive”, Hans Hermann” e.V. Schondorf., Germany); Dr. Anna Lehninger (Zurich / Basel, Switzerland); M. A. Regina Reimer (University of Paderborn, Germany); Dr. Dorota Sadowska (University of Warsaw, Poland); Prof. em. Dr. Jutta Ströter-Bender (Child Art Archive, Meisenheim, Germany).

28 April 2022

Video conference at MUNAÉ. Musée national de l’Éducation, Rouen. France.

On the occasion of the open air exhibition:
“Avec le regard des jeunes.Entre Paix et Guerres.”
Collections européennes de dessins historiques d’enfants et de jeunes.
“Through the Eyes of Youth. Between Peace and Wars.”
European collections of historical drawings by children and young people.
Topic: The International Network of Children’s Drawings (IRAND).
Speaker: Prof. em. Dr. Jutta Ströter-Bender.
Organisation and moderation: Kristell Gilbert.

IRAND. I. Workshop: Child and Youth Drawing Research

29 January 2022

with contributions by

Dr. Larissa Eikermann (University of Paderborn, Germany); Dr. Anna Lehninger (sikjm, Basel, Zurich, Switzerland); Kristell Gilbert (Musée National de l’Education, Rouen, France); Marcel Henry (Pestalozzi Kinderdorf, Trogen, Switzerland); Prof. em. Dr. Jutta Ströter-Bender (Child Art Archive, Meisenheim, Germany).

May 8, 2021

Digital Book Launch 

2021. Jutta Ströter-Bender (Ed.): Provenienzforschung und Sammlungsgeschichte von Kinder- und Jugendzeichnungen. Museen, Archive, private Kollektionen und „verschwundene Sammlungen“.

Provenance Research and the History of Children’s and Youth Drawings Collections. Museums, archives, private holdings and “lost collections”.

Tectum Verlag. Baden-Baden 

Universität Paderborn – Nachricht – Provenienzforschung zu historischen Kinderzeichnungssammlungen (

May 2020

“Historische Kinderzeichnungen sammeln”

Oeffentlicher Anzeiger Bad Kreuznach, Kirn, Sobernheim, Meisenheim (on Facebook)

Read the Article (in German)

December 2019

Research and cooperation meeting at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre and the school museum “Mauro Laeng”, Italy

February 16, 2019

Workshop with art students from the University of Paderborn and Hungarian teachers at the DEÁK 17 Youth Art Gallery, Budapest in cooperation with the ELTE University, Budapest

October 26, 2018

Working conference of the Pestalozzianum Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland
Head of Archive of children’s and youth drawing,
Dr. Anna Lehniger

May 24, 2018

Working group meetings and research questions
Budapest ELTE University / Déak Youth Gallery, Hungary

November 9, 2017

International conference on historical children’s drawing research
“Childhood in Danger” – Children’s drawings of the 20th century and the world document heritage.
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in cooperation with the University of Paderborn

IRAND cooperates with the interdisciplinary working group World Heritage Education