What is the Paralym Art World Cup 2018?

The Paralym Art World Cup is a contest like no other, where people with disabilities from around the world come together to show off their artistic talents.
In preparation for the Tokyo Olympic/ Paralympic Games in 2020, we will set a different theme for each year for the artworks submitted from all across the globe.

  • Paralym Art World Cup 2018 Festival

  • Paralym Art World Cup 2019 Dance

  • Paralym Art World Cup 2020 Peace


We will personally invite the award winners to attend the award ceremony at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo (Japan, Tokyo) on August 27th, 2018!

A total cash prize of1 million yen, and other deluxe prizes will be prepared for award winners.

We will be collecting artworks that can be imagined from the phrase “festival” from around the world.

Application Starts February 6th 2018 〜
Application Deadline May 27th 2018

Application Deadline Extended!

  • First Round

    June 2018

  • Final Round

    July 2018

  • Announcement of Results

    August 2018

Our Contest Ambassador

Akira Kawashima(of the Comedy Duo Kirin)

A word from Mr. Kawashima on becoming the contest ambassador
It is truly an honor to be appointed as the ambassador for such a meaningful initiative. Painting is something I am passionate about, and I hope to actively participate in the activities of Paralym Art to promote its cause.
I look forward to getting to know people from all people involved in the Paralym Art World Cup!

Education Critic
Naoki Ogi

A word from Mr.Ogi on becoming the contest ambassador
My name is Naoki Ogi (Ogi mama) and I have been appointed to be the ambassador for the Paralym Art World Cup 2018. I am truly looking forward to meet each and every award winner, and the exciting and eye opening artworks.


  • Calligrapher
    Shoko Kanazawa

  • Painter
    Daniel Kelly

  • Painter
    Akiko Endo

  • Artistic Director Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris Exhibition Department
    Aomi Okabe

  • Bijutsu Techo Magazine
    Keiichiro Tao

  • Outsider Art Curator
    Nobumasa Kushino

  • Art Fair Tokyo Art Tokyo Association Marketing and Communications Managing Director
    Hiroaki Sumiya

  • Artist
    Mackenzie Thorpe

  • GALLERY SIDE 2 Director・Owner
    Junko Shimada

  • Tatto Artist
    Tomomi Mahari

  • Artist
    Mimi Yokoo

A message of Support from Seiko Noda
Former Representative Director of the Shogaisha Jiritsu Suishin Kikou Association

Paralym Art” is working for the social inclusion and the financial independence, in short the self-reliance, of people with disabilities as the core of its operations. This ideal has resonated with me greatly, and I have assumed the role of the representative director of the Shogaisha Jiritsu Suishin Kikou Association*. Resigned on August 2017 after being appointed interior minister of Japan.
“The Paralym Art World Cup” is a truly meaningful event where people with disabilities from around the world take the center stage. I hope that this contest would become an opportunity for all people regardless of gender/race/age/disabilities, to successfully advance through society.

Notice of application termination

Thank you so much for the many applications.
We have finished contacting all the applicants who have won an award.
Moreover, we apologize for not contacting the applicants who unfortunately did not win.
We will announce the award winning artworks on our contest website in August.

What is

Creating a world
where disabled people make their
dreams come true with their art.

Paralym Art is an initiative where we work together with disabled artists as a team. We aim to create a sustainable system that promotes the social integration and the financial independence of people with disabilities through the continuous support of companies and individuals instead of welfare.
We provide compensation to our artists by having various companies use artworks painted by disabled artists through licensing, art competitions, and exhibitions of their artworks.

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The following artworks are scanned/photographed by the artists themselves.
Please be aware that the color may differ from the original artwork.

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Official website

Host Organization

The Paralym Art World Cup Executive Committee

  • Block Co Plus
  • AJIS Inc.
Partners in Cooperation

  • YAMATO TRANSPORT CO., LTD: Partner in Promotion within Japan
  •  Fujitsu Limited : System Partner (through [Live Talk]: Fujitsu’s Communication Tool for the inclusion of people with hearing impairments)
  • Lexus Team Sard
  • K&J Inc.
    (Korean language application cooperation)
  • VSA Singapore
    (Partner in Promotion within Singapore)
  • CJARC(Partner in Promotion within Cameroon)
  • Imperial Hotel,Ltd. : Venue Partner (for Award Ceremony, After Party)
  • Wallonia-Brussels International Wallonia-Brussels International
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
  • Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare
  • Japan Hotel Association Japan Hotel Association
Nominal Support

  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Embassy of Ireland
  • Embassy of the Republic of Panama
  • Embassy of Spain
  • Embassy of Colombia
  • Embassy of Argentina
  • Embassy of Mexico
  • Embassy of Belgium
  • Embassy of the Republic of Latvia
  • Embassy of Italy
  • Embassy of Chile
  • Embassy of Ecuador
  • Embassy of Jamaica
  • Embassy of Austria
  • Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia
  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Embassy of the Republic of Togo
  • Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay
  • Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Embassy of Senegal
  • Embassy of the Republic of Armenia
  • Embassy of the Republic of Uganda
  • Embassy of Ghana
  • Embassy of the Republic of Mali
  • Embassy of the Republic of Maldives
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Embassy of Ukraine
  • Embassy of the Republic of Angola
  • Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Japan
  • Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Embassy of Uruguay
  • Embassy of Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Embassy of Lithuania
  • Embassy of Serbia
  • Embassy of Hungary
  • Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office in Japan
Planning cooperation

  • KyodoPR
  • Cataru Cheer
  • Coopex
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