Villa Kujoyama
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The Villa Kujoyama

From 13 December 2019 to 9 February 2020
French professionals / Foreign professionals
Built in 1992 by architect Kunio Kato on the Higashiyama mountain in Kyoto, the Villa Kujoyama is a place for interdisciplinary exchange and exists to strengthen intercultural dialogue between France and Japan.
Resident artists are asked to establish working relationships with the professional, academic, artistic and cultural environments of Kyoto, the Kansai region and the archipelago as a whole. To do this, they can rely on the Villa team and the French cultural network in Japan which in addition to the Villa includes the 5 Japanese branches of the Institut français (Fukuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama), 4 Alliances Françaises (Nagoya, Sendo, Sendai, Tospin) and a Research Institute (Tokyo).

The Villa Kujoyama is an establishment of the Institut français of Japan. It is supported by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, which is its main sponsor, and the Institut français.
Applications are closed

During the Covid-19 crisis, the Institut français informs all candidates who have applied to the Villa Kujoyama residency programme that the selection is being carried over to 2021.

However, the postponement of several artist residencies that were initially planned for 2020 will have an impact on the number of applications that can be selected for 2021. To make accurate provision for this, the results of the selection cannot therefore be communicated to you before September 2020.

Rest assured that the entire team in France and Japan is doing everything to adapt the programme to the current health context.    

We will of course keep you informed of any other related developments, and thank you for your interest in the Villa Kujoyama programme.

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