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SADEH – Creative Hub @ the National Library of Israel

SADEH – Creative Hub @ the National Library of Israel

Comic Book Artists-in-Residence Programme

In 2022, the National Library of Israel (NLI) will move to its new home. This is a major milestone in the Library’s transformative renewal process, which aims to preserve and open access to the cultural and intellectual treasures of the State of Israel and the Jewish people safeguarded in its collections. The Library’s collections encompass millions of items, including books, photographs, manuscripts, recordings, historic press and much more. These extensive collections serve as a dynamic national memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths.

The Education and Culture Division of the Library is an integral component of this process of renewal and it will be offering new initiatives and projects helping to establish the National Library of Israel as a leading international centre for culture and education. SADEH – Creative Hub is one of these new initiatives, and it will be launched in 2021 as a part of the preparations towards this transformative move.

In the first edition of 2021, SADEH will invite four Israeli and two European comic artists to create a series of comic books, which will be based on the vast collection of the National Library of Israel. The artistic director of the series is the illustrator and comic book artist Rutu Modan.

Participants will receive a one-time scholarship of 25,000 NIS for the whole programme period.

Programme Elements

  • A few days’ introductory and orientation seminar will take place at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem in October or November. However, the final decision and the exact date will be announced later, depending on the pandemic situation.
  • During October and November, the residents will carry out two months of research on the Library’s collections, while NLI professionals will provide in-depth knowledge and guidance. The research will be physical or virtual, to be decided according to the needs of the individual project
  • During the research period, the artists will formulate the project on which they will work, in collaboration with and under the guidance of the artistic director of the programme.
  • The project will be approved by a professional committee in collaboration with representatives of the National Library.
  • The residency outcome will be a series of six comic-books of 24-32 pages, full colour, A5 size.
  • The books must be ready for production by the end of May 2022.
  • The National Library will manage the book production, printing and promotion.
  • Participants must commit to fully partake in all programme elements and comply with the rules of the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Call for Applications

The National Library of Israel invites artists to apply for SADEH 2021 Comic Book Artists-in-Residence Programme:

  • Applicants should submit between two to five works from the field of visual literature: comics or illustrated books, for adults or children.
  • The works must demonstrate both illustration and writing abilities. Full works should be sent. In the case of a particularly long work, a section of the story can be submitted (at least five pages).
  • At least two works must be published after graduation and professionally or self-published as a book or magazine in either physical or digital format.
  • The works must be submitted together with the application form and in PDF format.
  • Application deadline for international applicants: September 20, 2021.

The international participants of Sadeh will be supported by the National Library’s Gesher L'Europa (Bridge to Europe) programme, which aims to promote engagement between the Library’s collections and Jewish heritage, culture, and education in Europe.

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Contact Details

Tadeusz Wolenski

Coordinator of Sadeh Program - Creative Hub


The National Library of Israel

Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram

POB 39105 Jerusalem, Israel


The international participants of Sadeh will be supported by the National Library’s Gesher L'Europa (Bridge to Europe) programme, which aims to promote engagement between the Library’s Collections and Jewish heritage, culture and education in Europe.