The Art Of Recycling

The Art of Recycling is back!

‘No Time To Waste’

Back for the second time, The Art of Recycling is your chance to create meaningful art, using recyclable materials to create beauty out of waste.

With prizes totalling to over AED 50,000, our theme for this year is ‘No Time To Waste’, so keep that in mind as you get to work!

So what do we have in store for this edition?

Starting with our distinguished panel of judges, we have Emirati artist Hessa Al Mansoori, environmental specialist Obaid Al Jeaidi, and British artist Mark Dickens evaluating your entries this year.

Creative juices flowing already? You can submit your creations in Abu Dhabi Mall, Level 1  near P.F. Chang’s starting 1 November on Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm, and Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm.

The submission window closes on 20 December, with winners set to be announced when schools reopen in January. So start collecting and get creating, because there’s no time to waste! 

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What you can use

    • Paper, including newspapers, magazines, and mixed paper
    • Cardboard
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • PET Plastic bottles
    • Metal containers, including tin, aluminium and steel cans
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What you cannot use

Use of any of the below materials will disqualify your creation. Proceed with caution!

    • Greasy paper, such as oil-soaked paper plates and pizza boxes
    • Used paper towels, tissues
    • Broken ceramics, light bulbs and mirrors
    • Film plastics, such as plastic bags, shrink wrap, and bubble wrap
    • Plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers
    • Helium balloons
    • Plastic cotton buds
    • Plastic coffee cups and lids
    • Plastic cups in general
    • Plastic cutlery
    • Plastic food containers, usually polystyrene for takeaway food
    • Plastic plates
    • Styrofoam, otherwise known as expanded polystyrene (EPS)
    • Hard plastic items
    • Electronic waste (e-waste)
    • Construction and demolition (C&D) debris, such as concrete and drywall
    • Carrier stock; the paper packaging around packs of drink cans 
NOTE: In addition to recycled materials, general art supplies including, but not limited to, glue, tape, wire, twine, paint, markers, crayons, map pencils, etc. may be used.

Judging Criteria

A maximum of 10 points can be used for each category for the below, with a maximum of 20 points for the BONUS category.

    1. Effective use of recycled/reused materials (Please refer to list of recyclable materials that can be used)
    2. Originality and innovation
    3. Creativity
    4. Overall presentation
    5. Visual impact
    6. Composition and design
    7. Craftsmanship
    8. Artist statement, a 75-to-150-word paragraph, with a title for your piece, explaining what your artwork is.
    9. BONUS POINTS: Amaze the judges
      Amaze the judges. Judges have the opportunity to award up to 20 points for any piece of work that they collectively see as the artist having gone above and beyond in terms of all the above criteria elements.
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Categories and Prizes


Winner of AED 2,500 and two runners-up of AED 1,000 each.


Winner of AED 5,000 and two runners-up of AED 2,500 each.


Winner of AED 5,000 and two runners-up of AED 2,500 each.

University students

Winner of AED 5,000 and two runners-up of AED 2,500 each.


Winner of AED 5,000 and two runners-up of AED 2,500 each.

People of Determination Centres U-12  

Winner of AED 5,000 and two runners-up of AED 2,500 each.

People of Determination Centres Over-12

Winner of AED 5,000 and two runners-up of AED 2,500 each.

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Terms and Conditions

    1. The end of submission date is 9 December  (every Wednesdays 4pm to 7pm and Saturdays 1pm to 3pm, location Abu Dhabi Mall, Level 1 beside P.F. Chang’s).
    2. Successful individuals or groups entering from a school will win a prize for their class, not for themselves.
    3. All entrants must provide a valid email address and mobile number.
    4. All entrants must submit a photograph of themselves and/or the team with their artwork. The photographs will be used on a display wall. All entrants must consent to being photographed.
    5. Entries must fit on a display stand and can be no larger than one metre tall by one metre wide.
    6. All entrants must include a blurb or short description about the inspiration behind their work (c. 150 words)
    7. The weight of the artwork can be up to 6kg.
    8. A shortlist of artworks will be hung and added to a display wall or a stand during the judging stage.
    9. The judging panel will be comprised of professionals from institutions within the arts community of Abu Dhabi
    10. Winners will be announced in January at an award ceremony to be held in Abu Dhabi Mall.
    11. The competition is open to anyone except those directly involved with the Competition and judging (including their families and relatives). There is no fee to enter The Art of Recycling Competition 2023.
    12. If you are under the age of 18, you must have permission to enter from your parent or guardian. By submitting an entry for the competition, your parent/carer/guardian is deemed to have given such consent and to agree to the use of the entry as described in these terms and conditions.
    13. If your entry is an accessory, its size cannot be more than one metre in height or one metre.
    14. Each entrant is only allowed to enter one art piece.
    15. A total of 50 entries from 1 school (and no more
      than 15 entries from 1 class) – if they have more entries the
      school/nursery need to short-list.
    16. Schools must be told that if they are the chosen
      winner, it will be the class not the individual who wins.
    17. No entry can be brought in before the 1st  November.
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