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Call for applications - second edition of the Villa Swagatam residency programme

During a press conference held at the Institut français on Thursday 25 April, Eva Nguyen Binh, President of the Institut français, and Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Action at the French Embassy in India, officially launched the second edition of the Villa Swagatam. 

Updated on 21/05/2024

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Villa Swagatam is a network of residencies designed to promote cultural exchanges between France and India. The scheme is being extended to South Asia with the inclusion of Bangladesh in 2024, and potentially other countries in the region from 2025. Another new feature is that Villa Swagatam now includes residencies on French soil, designed to welcome Indian designers from autumn 2024. 

Eva Nguyen Binh
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Eva Nguyen Binh, President of the Institut français
Villa Swagatam illustrates the diversity and richness of the French cultural network's residency programmes abroad, both in terms of artistic disciplines and format.

Launched in March 2023 with 16 partners, the Indian side of Villa Swagatam focuses on special areas of cooperation that have a particularly strong resonance in the country : literary creation and crafts. With around thirty Indian and French partner residencies and one Bangladeshi residency, Villa Swagatam is not only extending its geographical reach, enabling mobility in both directions, but also its thematic perimeter by welcoming multi-disciplinary partners such as La Napoule Foundation, or players in the performing arts such as the Centre national de la Danse. 

Villa Swagatam is a laureate of the 2023 of "La Fabrique des résidences", a scheme set up by the Institut français to assist, train and provide financial support to the French cultural network abroad in structuring residency programmes. With more than 35 supported residencies, the Institut français is working towards the emergence of quality programmes in a wide variety of disciplines and formats. In the case of the Villa Swagatam, it supports the geographical expansion and reciprocity of residencies in France. 

Nowadays, Villa Swagatam is celebrating the success of its first year through the achievements of its 17 prizewinners, whose work is already showcased internationally. From Yassine Balbzioui's work exhibited at the 1-54 Art Fair in Marrakech to Martha-Maria le Bars' textile exhibition presented to President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Jaipur in January 2024, not to mention projects to publish novels, comic strips and illustrated books, the work of the winners illustrates the programme's commitment to promote artistic and literary crossings between India and France. 

Villa Swagatam's singularity is based on its unique network of partners who are key influencers in their fields, giving residents an immersive experience and an opportunity to work with the local artistic and cultural fabric. The residencies, which last from one to three months, are open to all creators, writers, artists and designers wishing to enter into a long-term relationship between France, India and the South Asian countries that will be joining the scheme. 

Applications for Villa Swagatam residencies are open from 11 April to 31 May. The selection process will take place throughout June, and the winners will be announced in mid-July. 

Each candidate is invited to carefully read the description and requirements of each residence before applying and may submit a maximum of 3 wishes, ranked in order of preference. 

For more information on the second edition of Villa Swagatam and details of the call for applications, please visit the FAQ section on the official Villa Swagatam website:  


Craft residencies in India:

  • Kalhath Institute (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
  • Khoj International Residency (Delhi)
  • Nila House (Jaipur, Rajasthan)
  • Public Arts Trust of India (Jodhpur, Rajasthan)
  • Vastrakala Craft Residency (Gudapakkam, Tamil Nadu)
  • Katkatha Puppet Art Trust (Delhi and Mussoorie, Uttarakhand)
  • Serendipity Arts Foundation (Delhi)
  • Hampi Art Labs (Hampi, Karnataka)
  • Jaipur Rugs – International Artist Village Residency (Jaipur, Rajasthan)
  • Brihatta Art Foundation (Dhaka, Bangladesh)


Literary residencies in India:

  • The Himalayan Writing Retreat (Satkhol, Uttarakhand)
  • The Rachna Books Writers Residency (Gangtok, Sikkim) 
  • Tara Books (Auroville, Tamil Nadu)
  • Sangam House (Bangalore, Karnataka)
  • MAD Salon+Lab (Bangalore, Karnataka)
  • Alice Boner Institute (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh)
  • Eklavya Foundation (Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh)
  • Prakriti Foundation Residency (Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
  • Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts (Panjim, Goa)


On the French side, several renowned partners are also joining Villa Swagatam: 

  • Centre National de la Danse (Pantin, Ile de France)
  • Biennale de Lyon, Jeune Création Internationale (Villeurbanne, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes)
  • La Napoule Art Foundation x Prameya Art Foundation - Art Scribes Award (Mandelieu-La Napoule, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
  • La Napoule Art Foundation - Résidence collective internationale (Mandelieu-La Napoule, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
  • Mobilier National x Sèvres-Manufacture et Musée nationaux (Paris et Sèvres, Ile-de-France)
  • La Maison de la Poésie de Nantes (Nantes, Pays de la Loire)
  • La Villa Gillet (Lyon, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes)
  • La Maison des Auteurs - Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image (Angoulême, Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
  • La Marelle (La Ciotat, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
  • La Maison Julien Gracq (Saint-Florent-Le-Vieil, Pays de la Loire)

Residencies and mobility in the service of intercultural dialogue

The Institut français supports international residency programmes and encourages the mobility of artists and creators, in order to help them to develop their projects in France and around the world, in all artistic disciplines. With the prestigiousVilla Kujoyama, which promotes encounters between French artists and the Japanese art scene, the Institut français x Cité Internationale des Arts residency programme and now the PAIR programme (Programme pour Artistes internationaux en Résidence), the Institut français supports artists' careers and encourages dialogue between cultures. The Institut français also supports the French Cultural Network abroad in developing residency programmes and hosting French art scenes through La Fabrique des résidences scheme, and supports the mobility of French artists through the MIRA programme (Mobilité Internationale de Recherche artistique). The Institut français also encourages regional mobility in the overseas territories through the Caribbean and Indian Ocean mobility funds. 

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