We have come together as an artist and a therapist, both passionate about creative approaches to wellbeing for communities and individuals. We have a wealth of experience in therapy, arts practices, teaching and training. We aim to grow a community of artists and mental health practitioners to increase access to wellbeing support.
Branwen Lorigan (left) has been intimately involved in creativity in a number of different contexts, educational, artistic, and managerial. She is an artist and has extensive knowledge of the formal and informal education sector where she has worked as a classroom teacher and on community engagement projects. Additionally she has worked for a wide range of organisations including the Ministry of Education (NZ), Artists Alliance (NZ) Creative Partnerships (UK) and until recently as Arts Manager for Brighton & Hove City Council. She is an Open Space facilitator and set up and produced Pecha Kucha Nights in Brighton for 6 years. She has recently been appointed as External Examiner for the IATE, Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, an Academic Partner of University of East London and member organisation of The UK Council for Psychotherapy and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Branwen is currently studying for an MA in Arts & Place at Dartington Art School. Her focus is on the link between creativity, place & wellbeing.
As a trainer and founder at Orange Collective Branwen is excited about the creation of a community for training and dialogue between creative and therapeutic practitioners who use the arts as a healing modality.
Polly Irvin (right) is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP) with 15 years experience working in a range of settings including hospitals, schools and charities. She currently has a private practice in Brighton and Hove and is a trainer on the cutting edge Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner Course at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in Islington where Polly trained herself (2004-2008) as a psychotherapist. In recent years Polly has completed further training in Internal Family Systems and EMDR which are both contemporary, evidence-based approaches to working with trauma. Polly believes passionately in the power of the imagination in transformation and integrates creative approaches into in all her work.
Polly also has a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and works as a supervisor for therapists and groups and as a refelective practitioner for Wellbeing Practitioners and organisations.
Polly has a background in the theatre, training at The Central School of Speech and Drama (1982-85) and worked as an actor and theatre director for many years. She was co-artistic director of Wild Iris Theatre Company with actress/director Adjoa Andoh. In 1993 Polly won a Time Out Award for her production of Love at a Loss by Catherine Trotter at Battersea Arts Centre. She was a Senior Lecturer at Rose Bruford College and Programme Director for a BA in Theatre Directing.
As a trainer and founder at Orange Collective Polly's passion is integrating her experience and knowledge as a therapist and arts practitioner to support participatory arts approaches to mental health and wellbeing, enabling greater accessability for all who need support.