Villa Kujoyama (Japon)
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Visual arts
Arts & Crafts
Digital creation
Street Arts / Circus / Puppetry

The Villa Kujoyama

From 15 January 2024 to 15 February 2024
French professionals / Foreign professionals
Villa Kujoyama is open to established artists and creative people, as well as to scientists working in partnership or in tandem with artists, who are carrying out an original and unique research project that requires a period of immersion and research in Japan. The project must have a link with local issues and be capable of stimulating an active dialogue with local stakeholders.
In 2025, Villa Kujoyama will host around fifteen laureates for research residencies lasting between four and six months.
Applications may be submitted by solo candidates, pairs or Franco-Japanese pairs. The selection process involves experts and professionals from each of the disciplines concerned.
The Villa Kujoyama call for applications is open until midnight on 19 February 2024.
Applications are limited to 250 projects.
Applications are closed

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
  • sciences

Villa Kujoyama

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).

2024 Laureates

  • Nina FRADET (crafts) 
  • Tsirihaka HARRIVEL (circus)
  • Dimitry HLINKA et Nicolas PINON (crafts)
  • Maxime MATIAS (design)
  • Louise MUTREL (photography)
  • Simon NICAISE (visual arts)
  • Noël PICAPER (architecture)
  • POMME (new music)
  • Emmanuel RUBEN (litterature)
  • Lauren TORTIL (visual arts)
  • Jeanne VICERIAL et Julia CIMA (dance)
  • Maguelone VIDAL (contemporary music)
  • Ulla VON BRANDENBURG (visual arts)
  • Alain WILLAUME (photography)