[New Dates Announced (2021.1.16)]
Please note that new dates for the exhibition will be April 2nd to 29th.
[Exhibition Postponed (2021.1.13)]
This exhibition has been postponed according to the declaration of a state of emergency. The new dates will be announced on this website when it is confirmed. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Since 2018, the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) has been supporting artists and athletes with disabilities by making the most of design’s power to connect. Each year designers created masking tapes, tumblers, and handkerchiefs, featuring works (excluding some) registered at Able Art Company, a library of artworks by challenged artists. Each exhibition travelled across Japan starting from Design Hub, with sales of the designed items going to charity. Designers put their professional skills to use as volunteers, and donate the proceeds of sales, minus the artists’ usage fees and manufacturing costs, to the Paralympians Association of Japan. For the 2021 edition, select works from the past 3 years will be on display along with some introductions to the activities of the Association.
Illustrated by Kosuke Ota
Designed by Osamu Fukushima
Dates: Friday 2 – Thursday 29 April 2021
Open daily 11:00–19:00 / Admission free
Venue: Tokyo Midtown Design Hub (Midtown Tower 5F)
Organizer: Tokyo Midtown Design Hub
Produced by: Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc.
Select works from Part 1 Masking Tape (172 works in 2018),Part 2 Tumbler (151works in 2019), andPart 3 handkerchief (172 works in 2020) will be on display. Visitors can purchase each work (excluding sold-out ones) at the venue and on JAGDA Online Shop. The proceeds will go to the Paralympians Association of Japan.
[Part 1 Masking Tape]
Exhibitis: 172 masking tapes (24mm by 7m each) designed by 172 JAGDA member designers
Featured art: Artworks created by 67 artists registered at Able Art Company
Price: 400 Yen per piece (tax included)
[Part 2 Tumbler]
Exhibits: 151 tumbler covers designed by 151 JAGDA member designers
Featured art: Artworks created by 74 artists registered with Able Art Company and 2 non-registered artists
Price: 1,500 Yen per set (1 tumbler and 3 cover sheets)
[Part 3 handkerchief]
Exhibits: 172 handkerchiefs designed by 172 JAGDA member designers
Featured art: Artworks created by 75 artists registered with Able Art Company, and 15 non-registered artists
Price: 1,500 Yen per set (1 handkerchief and 1 stick)
• Artist Agency: Able Art Company
Able Art Company aim to create environment where the challenged individuals can be professional artists. They review artworks submitted by handicapped artists across Japan, register the selected works, and coordinate them to be used in advertising or merchandise designs. This way they encourage the artists’ social involvement and help raise their incomes. Their library is one of the largest in Japan, with 13,427 artworks created by 119 artists as of 2021.
• Donee: Paralympians Association of Japan
Paralympians Association of Japan is an association of former Paralympic athletes who have competed in Paralympic Games representing Japan. They work towards the realization of a society in which everyone can enjoy sports, utilising the connections among Paralympians and cooperating with sports organisations and athletes in and outside of Japan. Their motto is “Make a breakthrough! We can make a paradigm shift.”
• Organiser: Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc.
Established in 1978, JAGDA is one of the largest design organisations in Asia, with some 3,000 members. Its activities range from almanac publication, exhibitions and seminars, regional development, international exchange to copyright protection.