The AEPM annual conference is fast approaching!

Printing museums and the arts of survival

23-25 May at the TYPA Centre, Tartu, Estonia

The conference is approaching and May is just around the corner! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the annual AEPM conference in the TYPA Centre in Tartu, Estonia.

We’re very pleased to be able to announce that new speakers have joined the panel discussion! We’ve also announced the companion ticket for those who’re bringing a spouse or a partner.

In addition there will be a special film screening on the 22 May, so if you are travelling earlier, it is worth also noting that in your diary.


Online registration is open HERE until 3 May.

A special companion ticket is also available and costs 50€. It includes 2 dinners, 1 lunch and the Saturday trip to Räpina Paper Mill. Please be sure to register companions when making your own registration so we can take them into account when planning dinners and transport.

And don’t forget, members of the AEPM benefit from a 40€ reduction on the registration fee (90€ instead of 130€). So if you are coming to the conference and are not yet a member of the AEPM it is the perfect time to join for just 10€ !

Two new speakers from the Museum of Books and Printing of Ukraine

We’re glad to announce that we have two new speakers — Oleksii Chekal and Valentyna Bochkovska — from the Museum of Books and Printing of Ukraine. They will be taking part in the panel discussions.

Oleksii Chekal, is a Ukrainian designer, typographer, calligrapher, visiting professor at Florence Classical Arts Academy, postgraduate student of Kharkiv Academy of Design and Art, and also works at the Museum of Books and Printing of Ukraine.
Valentyna Bochkovska, is a historian and Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy. She has been the Director of the Museum of Books and Printing of Ukraine since 2008, during which time she has curated numerous art projects, exhibitions and literature festivals, enriching the nation’s cultural heritage.

And as has already been announced, on Friday and Saturday you’ll hear talks and see demonstrations by both local and international speakers: Arina Stoenescu (SE), Ivar Sakk (EST), Lina Nordstrom (SE), Aimur Takk (EST), Maria Muuk (EST), Jan Erik Øvergård (NOR), Ion and Dana Georgescu (RO), Darius Zubrickas (LT), UPUPÆPOP (CZE) and Ian Gabb (ENG).

You will find the conference programme here and more about the speakers here.

Special screening of the film Life and Love (2023)

If you are planning to arrive early, there will also be a Special screening of the film Life and Love on the eve of the conference (Wednesday) at the Elektriteater. Tickets – 7€

The feature film Life and love (2023), based on A. H. Tammsaare’s novel of the same name, takes us to the heart of an unexpected love story. Two iconic characters from Estonian literature, Irma and Rudolf, are faced with the sudden turns of life and love. PS! Some of the scenes are filmed at TYPA Centre!

Travel guide

Don’t forget to check out our travel guide for tips to help you organise your travel, accommodation and finding the best places to visit. As the conference is happening in parallel with Tartu 2024, the culture capital of Europe program, we advise you to check out the event schedule for the richest experience:


AEPM 2024 : Printing museums and the arts of survival

Date: 23rd to 25th May 2024
Location: TYPA Centre, Kastani 48f, Tartu 50410

Print heritage, the history of communication, its life long skills and intangible knowledge are at a constant state of uncertainty. Printing museums are down to their last survivors, what is the future for these organisations? With more artists and designers taking an active role in the future of print? How can we use our combined skills, utilise fully the collections we have and connect with audiences today? The Arts of Survival, during global uncertainty, environmental uncertainty, and heritage uncertainty is now more key than ever. However, in the face of it all, new approaches, innovative ideas and a younger generation of enthusiasts give a new lease of life to printing museums.

The Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM) conference is an annual event bringing together printing museums, print artists, researchers and enthusiasts from across Europe and on a global scale. Over three days conversations, lessons and exchanges will contribute to the active survival and exchange of knowledge. Specialists of type design, print, and all aspects of historical and contemporary letterpress will discuss alternative perspectives and possible futures of print and printing. Demonstrations and practical activities will take place during the conference activities from international and local artists and practitioners.

Should you have any further questions or require information, feel free to contact us at:

Join us to help shape the future of print!