Topiary Social Club: Artist talk & workshop with Paulina Martinez


5.30PM – 8PM

OPEN SCHOOL EAST – 39 Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1NZ

Join OSE Associate Josefina Mellado and Chilean artist Paulina Martinez for an artist talk in which Paulina will share their work with communities in Chile and present her ongoing project that explores social clubs in Folkestone. The talk will be followed by a participatory workshop that uses board games to explore ways in which communities connect. 

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Details regarding the games that will be played below: 

Yo Quiero Aquí: Melinka (2020)

A board game developed by Paulina Martinez with a group of Guaitecas´ islanders that explores different ways to explore and navigate island territories. The game seeks to open spaces for dialogue through the representation of the perspective of others (role-playing). The project was developed within the framework of the Collaborative Art Residency Llegó de Melinka (2019-2020), in the Guaitecas, Aysén region, Chile.

Una callampa que quería la luna (2022)

A game inspired by the stories exchanged in Chanco, Maule region, Chile. It is a conversational device that seeks to get the actors to reflect and test their capacity for empathy, to question the representations and logics of migration and to imagine possibilities for collective negotiation. Created by Paulina Martínez. 


Paulina Martinez is an artist and community psychologist, who is interested in developing methodological and theoretical proposals that encourage critical and creative participation with communities. Paulina works with play, absurdity and collaboration, while flirting with new ways of inhabiting. Paulina is currently taking part of the MA program “Studio for Immediate Spaces” at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam; and is an adviser for Nubelab and Capital Azul Foundation, Santiago, Chile. 


OSE Public Programme 2022-23

This event is held as part of Open School East’s 2022-23 Associate-led Public Programme. This year’s Associate-led Public Programme responds to themes of social & ecological hybridity, as set out in the Associate’s first term curriculum entitled When The World Looks Back At You: about storytelling, ecology and the weird led by artist Saelia Aparicio. Through explorations of the voice, the body and sensitive connections with natural and man-made networks that unite the world around us, the Associate-led Public Programme looks to and explores creativity and collectivity in green spaces.

This year we’re excited to announce our partnership with Turner Contemporary, who are generously hosting part of the public programme. 

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. Turner Contemporarys work extends beyond showcasing world-class exhibitions, to driving the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent and transforming lives in one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Since it opened, Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 3.8 million visits, put over £70million back into the Kent economy and connected with thousands of people from the local community through our world class programme. 

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