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Art of Recycle with Cyrus Kabiru

Following the successful launch of the A.R.M. Holding Children’s Programme’s second edition at Art Dubai 2022, in-classroom workshops for children between the ages of 5-17 years were carried out in 80 schools across all 7 Emirates.

The artist appointed for the 2022 edition of the workshops was Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, and in his workshops Art of Recycle he invited children to retrieve and re-purpose everyday materials from their homes and schools, and transform them into works of art. Through these workshops, Cyrus challenged participants to alter their perspectives and re-examine how everyday objects can be given a new lease of life.

Following its successful launch at Art Dubai in March 2022, which saw over 180 students take part in 16 workshops, the programme expanded to 80 schools across the 7 Emirates and reached over 4,500 students over 6 weeks; considerably expanding in its scale from the previous edition which engaged 1,800 students. The bespoke workshops aimed to give children an understanding of sustainability, with each child transforming everyday materials from their homes and schools into works of art.

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.


Cyrus Kabiru’s art career is a story of reimagination and reinvention. He is an out-of-the-box innovator from Kenya who gives waste a second life through art while promoting sustainable living. 

“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.”

Kabiru has been creating his famous C-Stunners since childhood: first as toys for himself and later for his classmates as a way of trading his way through schoolwork and ultimately becoming a metaphor for the power of creative transformation both within Africa and worldwide.

Cyrus C-Stunners is part of many collections and institutions and is permanently shown at the Zeitz Mocaa Museum in Cape Town and the Smithsonian African department. He has recently been featured at the Afro-futurism exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Thanks to his art, he traveled to more than thirty countries holding workshops, ted talks, CNN interviews, conferences in Universities, and participating in design weeks to show people how to be a warrior of the future.

Image credit: AKKA Project 

“Creativity is one of the most important skills that children need to have for the future. There are so many studies showing that it’s a key skill for future generations. Teaching this skill in school and giving them (children) the opportunity to explore creativity is very important.” – Eminence Private School

Past Editions of the A.R.M. Holding Children’s Programme

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