Villa Kujoyama
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Visual arts

The Villa Kujoyama

From 2 March 2023 to 7 April 2023
French professionals / Foreign professionals
Built in 1992 by architect Kunio Kato on Higashiyama Mountain in Kyoto, Villa Kujoyama is the first French multidisciplinary research residency in Asia and is designed to strengthen intercultural dialogue between France and Japan.
The laureates of Villa Kujoyama are called upon to establish working relationships with the professional, academic, artistic and cultural communities of Kyoto, the Kansai region and the entire archipelago. In order to do so, they can rely on the Villa Kujoyama team, on the collaborations established with the Japanese network in the academic, cultural and scientific circles and on the French cultural network in Japan, which, along with the Villa Kujoyama, is made up of the 5 branches of the Institut français du Japon (Fukuoka, Kyoto-Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Okinawa), of the 4 Alliances françaises (Nagoya, Sapporo, Sendai, Tokushima), and of a research institute (Tokyo).
Applications are closed

Résidences 2024

The call for applications for the 2024 residencies at Villa Kujoyama is now closed and the applications submitted are being reviewed.

The shortlisted candidates will be contacted at the beginning of June in order to be interviewed by a jury composed of internal sectoral experts from the Institut français, the Institut français du Japon, Villa Kujoyama and a committee of external experts.

The Villa Kujoyama offers three distinct programmes



a French or foreign candidate residing in France for at least 5 years presents a research and creation project.


two French or foreign candidates residing in France for at least 5 years present a joint project.


a French or foreign candidate who has been residing in France for at least 5 years in collaboration with a Japanese candidate residing in Japan presents a joint project.  

Relevant Disciplines

  • architecture
  • landscape
  • urban planning
  • street arts
  • circus / puppets
  • digital arts / digital production
  • visual arts
  • comics / graphic novels
  • film / video art
  • criticism and curation
  • dance / performance
  • design / graphic design
  • gastronomy
  • books
  • crafts
  • fashion
  • classical music / contemporary music / new music / jazz
  • photography
  • theatre

2023 Laureates

Selected for their excellence in their respective disciplines, the projects of the 2023 laureates bear witness to a very close link with Japan and to the synergies developed by Villa Kujoyama, combining contemporary creation and crafts :

  • Tony JOUANNEAU (crafts)
  • Seulgi LEE (visual arts)
  • Sébastien PLUOT(curation)  
  • Pauline BRUN (dance)
  • Franck BLAIS et Karine ARABIAN (design)
  • Gérald VATRIN (crafts)
  • Aurélie PÉTREL et Vincent ROUMAGNAC (theatre)
  • Nathanaëlle RABOISSON (music)
  • Simon ROUBY et Native MAQARI (cinema)
  • Émilie RIGAUD (graphic design)
  • Anne LE TROTER (visual arts)
  • Blaise PERRIN (cinema)
  • Nathalie AZOULAI (books)
  • Teddy SANCHES (fashion)
  • Julie VACHER (digital arts)
  • Marie LABARELLE (fashion)
  • Louise HERVÉ et Clovis MAILLET (visual arts)
  • Ombline LEY et Quentin COULON (cinema)


Villa Kujoyama will also host two winners of the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la Main®, for one-month stays: :

  • Fanny BOUCHER (crafts)
  • Grégoire SCALABRE (crafts)