Supporting Not-For-Profit Arts in Brighton, Hove & Beyond

Brighton & Hove Arts Council  (BHAC) 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.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many members’ events this year have been cancelled or postponed.  However, updated information from many of our member groups is now available via our  Blog Facebook and Twitter, and new events coming up, both live and online, are listed on our online calendar.  




Each year BHAC has presented an ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award’ to an individual who has made a significant difference to the not-for-profit arts sector in our area.  This year we were fortunate to receive eight nominations.  In these most challenging of times, particularly for those involved in the arts, we were heartened to receive so many strong and worthy contenders.  Reaching a decision was no easy task; however we are delighted to announce that this year’s winner is Mary McKean.  Trustees were impressed with the scope and impact of Mary’s work with both The Regency Society and Strings Attached.  Find out more about Mary and other nominees here.


Out now!
September to November 2020 ARTS DIARY
Find out what live arts events are planned over the next few months (conditions permitting, of course), including online events.
See what our member groups have been up to and what they are planning.  Now might be a good time to start a new hobby by joining a group; all the details are here on our group members’ listings.
And don’t forget – you can see our online diary for details of all events .



(See our Blog and online Arts Diary for more)



Dupont Art Club at Hove is making the most of the current lock-down by offering free-to-access art courses by artists Caroline Marsland and Lucy Parker on their YouTube channel.  You can access them all here.   And see who won the most votes for favourite painting in this year’s online Annual Art Exhibition.  


Fabrica is launching a new exhibition in July, “A Simple Act of Wonder”, available partly virtually via Zoom and partly via some painted houses.  See our Blog for full details.


Seaford Music Society logo Seaford Music Society is holding online concerts in July, August and September (accessible only on the day).  See our Blog for further details.



Open Strings Music has a new digital series “Musical Windows” for followers and supporters,  accessible via  Facebook and Twitter


We currently have over 80 not-for-profit Group Members in the fields of theatre, music, opera, dance, poetry, painting, embroidery, sculpture, singing, local radio, the written word and more.  News from many of our group members  can be found on our Blog , and you can follow them and us on Facebook and Twitter.   

If you are a not-for-profit arts group in this area and you’re interested in joining us, then please see full details of group membership here. 

 You can join us as an individual member for just £10 per year and the Arts Diary will be sent to you by post every quarter. 

If you would be interested in joining BHAC as a volunteer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.   We always welcome new volunteers.