Art of Recycle with Cyrus Kabiru

Art Dubai 2022
“I am trying to change the world through my work, by recycling, and by showing the younger generation that you can live if you save nature. I save nature, and nature gives something to me.”

The A.R.M. Holding Children’s Programme brings together artists and designers in close collaboration with local schools and children at the Art Dubai Fair through bespoke workshops. The programme aims to provide UAE based children with opportunities to grow and develop their interest and understanding of the arts by familiarising them with a wide range of art and design practices and interacting with a roster of international artists.


The second iteration of The A.R.M. Holding Children’s Programme features artist Cyrus Kabiru, who will work with participants to retrieve and repurpose everyday materials from their homes and schools, and transform them into works of art. Through these workshops, Cyrus will challenge participants to alter their perspectives, and re-examine how they see everyday objects and their wider surroundings.

The programme is composed of two parts based on the artists chosen theme for the programme:

Immersive workshops curated by the artist taking place at the Art Dubai Fair, drop-in sessions, as well as workshops that can be pre-registered for. Accommodating children of different ages and educational levels to suit the following age groups: ages 5-7, ages 8-12 and ages 13-17.  In previous editions, the programme accommodated 260 children across 16 workshops.

The programme will expand through in-classroom workshops taking place after the fair in March. Schools around the UAE are invited to take part to provide opportunities for children to grow and develop their interest and understanding of the arts. Again, the activities will accommodate children of the following age groups: ages 5-7, ages 8-12 and ages 13-17. In 2021, the programme accommodated over 1,800 children in 70 schools, and in 2022 will grow to accommodate 4,800 children in 80 schools.

A.R.M. Holding is a private investment firm and a multi-focused economic enabler investing in partnerships that reinforce Dubai’s position as the global capital of culture and innovation. It collaborates to that end with Art Dubai on a number of initiatives that foster young talent and creativity in the emirate.

1 March 2022