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Artists O was founded in 2006 by Finnish professional artists working in the field of applied arts and operates through Ornamo Art and Design Finland.

Artists O accepts members whose artistic practice is based on materials or the traditions of industrial arts and crafts. The aim of the society is to promote and develop contemporary applied arts and to strengthen the position in the versatile world of different forms of art.

The independent artists in the field of industrial arts in Finland have now for the first time come together as a society for professional interests. As the conceptual content becomes more and more important in visual culture, the border between applied and fine arts loosens up. Contemporary textile and ceramic art are comparable to the art of painting and sculpture. The definition of applied arts is unlimited ­ it can be contemporary jewellery as well as wearable art or experimental design with conceptual content.

Artists O strives to improve the working conditions of applied artists by organizing professional events, exhibitions etc. The society functions through Ornamo Art and Design Finland and aims to create a link with the Artists' Association of Finland.