Villa Kujoyama
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Visual arts

The Villa Kujoyama

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.

Next call for applications

The schedule for the next call for applications for the Villa Kujoyama will be announced at a later date depending on the evolution of the health situation in France and Japan.

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

2021 Laureates

  • Alexandru BALGIU - Design / Graphisme
  • Boris BERGMANN – Littérature
  • Quentin COULON et Ombline LEY - Cinéma / Vidéo
  • Bady DALLOUL - Arts plastiques
  • Sébastien DESPLAT - Métiers d'art
  • Sandrine ELBERG - Photographie
  • Ludivine GRAGY - Architecture / Paysage
  • Louise HERVE et Clovis MAILLET - Arts plastiques
  • Krikor KOUCHIAN - Musique
  • Yuko OSHIMA - Musique
  • Natacha POUTOUX et Sacha HOURCADE - Design
  • Philippe ROUY - Cinéma
  • Teddy SANCHES - Mode
  • Karin SCHLAGETER - Commissariat d'exposition
  • Julie VACHER - Création numérique
  • Céline WRIGHT - Métiers d'art