¡Viva Villa! Festival / Curatorial residency program

Crossed residency between the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici (Italy), the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid (Spain), the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto (Japan) and the Collection Lambert in Avignon (France).

The ¡Viva Villa! artist-in-residence festival is calling for applications from French-speaking curators, with no age limit or nationality criteria, for a research, creation and design residency for a curatorial project in contemporary art to take place in the fall of 2022 in France.

The curatorial residency is part of a hosting program between three French art residencies abroad – the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid and the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto – presented with the Collection Lambert in Avignon.

The curator in residence will be, with the deputy artistic director of the Collection Lambert, the co-curator of the 2022 edition of the ¡Viva Villa! festival to be held in the fall of 2022 at the Collection Lambert.

He or she will be in charge, jointly with the co-curator and in dialogue with the four organizers of the ¡Viva Villa! festival, of the conception and realization of a collective exhibition, artistic actions with the public and the editorial follow-up of the catalogue.

The curatorial residency will be spread over the seasons 2021 and 2022 and divided into stays of one month per institution (the schedule of stays will be decided in coordination with the organizers). During two cultural seasons, the co-curator will thus have short residencies in the four institutions organizing the 2022 edition of the ¡Viva Villa! festival in order to meet artists, creators and researchers and to design the curatorial project for 2022.

The disciplines hosted in the three residencies are the following: visual arts, design and crafts, history and theory of the arts, architecture, musical composition, digital arts, performing arts, literature…

For more information 

Application platform


Beginning of the residency program → May 2021

Residency at the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, Italy → 1 month in 2021 and 1 month in 2022

Residency at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid, Spain → 1 month in 2021 and 1 month in 2022

Residency at the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Japan → 1 month in 2022 (February / March)

Residency at the Collection Lambert in Avignon, France → 1 month in 2021 and 1 month in 2022

*The dates and the calendar of the stays will be specified in agreement with the organizers and according to the sanitary conditions.


Dates: October 2022 – January 2023

Venue: Collection Lambert in Avignon, France

Organizers: French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, Casa de Velázquez in Madrid, Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, and Collection Lambert in Avignon.


The call for applications is intended for French-speaking curators, without nationality criteria or age limit, who have previously curated collective and multidisciplinary exhibitions.

Candidates wishing to apply must submit a dossier summarizing their research axes or fields of specialization. In addition, they may also give directions for actions planned for the public (visitors, associations, schoolchildren, etc.).

The project can develop links with other artistic scenes and research centers from all continents.


The co-curators (the curator in residence and the curator of the Collection Lambert) will be in charge, in dialogue with the four project organizers, of the conception of a curatorial project aiming at the realization of a collective exhibition, an associated cultural and artistic program and the publication of a catalogue.

In collaboration with the co-curator, the curator-in-residence commits to:

  • Meet all of the artists, creators and researchers in residence within the three organizing structures (circa 75-100 artists);
  • Propose a selection among the artists, creators and researchers in residence in 2021 and 2022 at the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, the Casa de Velázquez and the Villa Kujoyama who will participate in the 2022 edition of the ¡Viva Villa! festival;
  • Conceive and write a presentation text of the artists’ selection;
  • Select the works that will compose the corpus of the exhibition and identify their rights of presentation and reproduction;
  • Coordinate the preparatory phases of the exhibition with the organizing teams;
  • Co-develop events aimed at the public (meetings, conferences, screenings, concerts, performances, etc.);
  • Participate in the elaboration of a project of educational actions for a specific public, in collaboration with the team of the Collection Lambert;
  • Write the catalogue and ensure the follow-up of its production (publication planned for the inauguration of the festival in October 2022);
  • Participate in the drafting of communication and mediation material and in the promotion of the exhibition in collaboration with the organizing teams;
  • Participate in the construction of the visibility of the festival, particularly on social networks and digital support, in collaboration with the communication teams;
  • Participate in the preparation, assembly and dismantling meetings as well as in the associated events;
  • Ensure a presence during the opening week of the festival;
  • Conduct tours of the exhibition for the partners, sponsors, the press and the festival’s mediation teams during the duration of the exhibition.


Deadline for sending the applications: Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Central European Time).

The application form is to be completed online via the application platform

Applications will be pre-selected by a committee consisting of representatives of the four organizing institutions. An audition by videoconference will be organized for the shortlisted candidates.

Candidates shortlisted for the auditions will be informed by email.

Announcement of the selected application: February 2021


  • Application form duly completed on the platform
  • Photocopy of both sides of a valid identity document;
  • Biography of the curator (or of the collective, if applicable) indicating training and research; and CV presenting the list of projects and exhibitions carried out, including short descriptions and visuals (in the case of exhibitions);
  • A dossier presenting the applicant’s motivations as well as a description of one or more recent projects representative of the curator’s approach (10 pages maximum);
  • Corpus of texts, reviews or catalogs written or co-edited;
  • The application dossier may contain publications, videos, sound recordings and any document that the curator deems useful to communicate to the selection committee (to be transmitted via hyperlinks).

All texts must be written in French.

All documents must be imported on the platform in pdf format only.

For any information by email: [email protected]