About BHAC

Brighton & Hove Arts Council was founded in 1974 by a group of enthusiasts to support and promote the not-for-profit arts sector in Brighton, Hove and beyond. We are a registered charity that continues to be run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

As well as our Individual Members, we currently have over sixty Group Members in the fields of theatre, music, poetry, debating, painting, sculpture, singing, local radio and the written word.

What we do

Our regular activities include the quarterly publication of our printed Arts Diary, distributed free throughout Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas.  Listings are free to our group members and this is an excellent way for them to publicise their events to an extensive audience.   (Full information here)  Members’ events are also listed on our Arts Diary Online and we run both Facebook and Twitter accounts online as well as a Blog, to which our members contribute.  We hold an Annual Art Exhibition, usually taking place in the Spring in central Brighton, where we co-ordinate a display of paintings, sculpture and other visual arts with member art groups.  All items shown are for sale and entry is free to the public.  We currently also arrange to display art from our member art groups at the Rendezvous Cafe in central Brighton.  The display is usually changed every two months.  Each autumn we organise a Drama Competition, open to not-for-profit theatre groups, which culminates in an awards evening (our own “Oscars” ceremony) in December.  We hold a biennial Sussex Poets Competition, judged by a respected poet, where winners are announced at an awards ceremony open to the public.  Last year, in 2017, the competition culminated in a Poetry Festival held at The Old Market in central Brighton where winners were announced by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

2015 Poetry Awards Night

Support us

BHAC is highly cost-effective in the provision of its services, with our very modest core costs being largely met by our equally modest membership subscriptions. We are able to produce, to a professional standard, our quarterly Arts Diary (current print run up to 5000 copies) with the support of an annual ‘Small Charities’ grant from Brighton and Hove City Council, for which we and our member groups throughout the City are very grateful.

We also welcome individual donations, and receive sponsorship from commercial organisations.  Our current principal sponsor is the Law firm Coffin Mew and we gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support that they provide.  Our close working partnership with Coffin Mew has enabled us to expand the Arts Diary print run and also in the last year to successfully complete our comprehensive ‘visual identity’ project and website upgrade.

Our most recent AGM took place on Tuesday, 27th June at Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove where our Chairman, Vaughan Rees, reported on our activities over the last year and our plans for 2017/18.  Full Minutes of the 2017 AGM are available on our Blog.


  • Francis Vaughan Rees OBE (Vice-Chair)
  • Andrew Granger-Bevan (Hon. Treasurer)
  • Caroline Tyler (Hon. Secretary)
  • Katherine Armes
  • Marilla Hills
  • John Hird
  • Kevin Rance
  • Jason Patrick Squire


The BHAC 2017 Annual Report can be downloaded here.   Our Constitution may also be downloaded: BHACConstitution2016