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ART’S BIRTHDAY is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou.
He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born. According to Filliou, it happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water.

The picture of Robert Filliou with a paper hat is very well known. We created a website to celebrate ART’S BIRTHDAY and the act of folding paper hats.

visite our website

You can download a PDF, print it and fold it into a hat. Then redesign, prepare, modify, decorate as you like ...
If you send us a nice photograph we would be honoured to include your hat in our online collection.

To celebrate 10 years of ART'S BIRTHDAY in Antwerp, the best hat will win a unique pure golden hat hand folded by the Belgian master goldsmith Jean Marie Hoegaerts.

A jury will select the winning hat on the 18 january 2015 and the golden miniature will be sent soon after the announcement on this blog.

The first hat !

latest news Posted on Thu, December 18, 2014 11:11:02

Someone had
to be the first …

Maxime !


The begin

latest news Posted on Wed, December 17, 2014 14:14:05

one month to go !

it is our 10-th ART’S BIRTHDAY in Antwerp.
we do something extra to celebrate ART’S BIRTHDAY 2015.

“you can win this golden hat”

The rules

latest news Posted on Thu, December 11, 2014 12:41:59

– Decorate, prepare, modify,redesign, … a folded paper hat.
– Make a photo of your creation and sent it by email to
– The photographs must reach us before Sunday, January 18 th, 2015 12:00 CET. Later entries will no longer be eligible.
– Any submitted hat can win the prize.
– You can submit an unlimited number of hats.
– The prize is a little golden hat (dimensions 38 x 20 mm) made from hand folded 0.1 mm thick pure gold.
– The jury’s decision is final.
– There is no communication about the decision of the jury.
– All precautions will be taken to send the prize to the winner safely and securely.
– The organizers are not responsible for any loss or damage during shipment.
– The winner is responsible for any import duties.
– all entries will be published it on this site.
– All photos will be cropped to fit in the square format used on this site
– This site is made under a creative commons BY-NC-SA licence.
– By participating in this contest contributors agree with these rules


The begin & end

latest news Posted on Thu, December 11, 2014 12:32:08

hats can be send from 16/12/2014 12.00 CET until 18/01/2015 12.00 CET (only) by email to

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