Centre for Arts Innovation

The Centre for Arts Innovation bridges the arts, innovation and emerging technologies with a focus on interdisciplinary experimentation and co-design between young and established arts professionals, researchers and culture and creative sector stakeholders. Welcome



About us

The Centre for Arts Innovation (CAI) was established in 2022 at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences to undertake long-term, innovative, cross-sectoral testing of and training with new technologies in order to transform practice and advance new forms of artistic content creation, especially in live arts.

The CAI has regional, national and international goals - At the regional level, the aim of the CAI is to act as a hub and facilitator for collaboration among Oulu region stakeholders involved in art and technology activities, especially as these relate to the Oulu 2026 European Capital of Culture programme. At the national level, the CAI works to host projects and events targeting interdisciplinary experimentation between existing communities of practice in arts, innovation and technology. Globally, the CAI has the ambition to become a world-class centre for live arts co-design through the expansion of collaborations and networks between Finnish and international artists and creative technologists.

Core Activities



A core aspect of the Centre for Arts Innovation is leading and participating in projects across a wide spectrum of disciplines. We are involved in projects both in Finland and at the European level. A  common thread between these projects is helping us articulate what innovation in the arts means.

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CAI hosts a number of events each year in Oulu and other locations in Finland and around the world. Check out our listing for upcoming events near you.

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We are growing quickly. Get in touch if you have questions or would like to collaborate.

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