50 years of Brighton & Hove Arts Council

BHAC was established in 1974 to promote the not-for-profit arts communities in Brighton & Hove, and in the neighbouring towns and villages of East and West Sussex.

We are a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers, with close to 100 member groups in the fields of drama, music, singing, opera, dance, painting/other visual arts and crafts, and the spoken and written word.

We promote the programmes and events of our member groups, helping them to reach out to wider audiences through our core activities and special projects, thereby contributing to the cultural diversity, health, and wellbeing of the communities in which we live.

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Latest News

Sheila’s Island

May 22, 2024

LOVELY bubbly! The four cast members of Southwick Players‘ next production pull out the winning slip in their April prize draw. The lucky winner of a bottle of champagne was […]

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BHAC Art Show 2024

April 24, 2024

The 2024 BHAC Art Show of April 17th – 20th was very successful. We had 148 entries of paintings, sculpture, embroidery and mixed media (144 last year). In addition, 60 […]

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Art Show 2024

April 10, 2024

Our Annual Art Show will be taking place Wednesday, April 17th to Saturday, April 20th. Doors are open 10am to 5pm at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton. Featuring over […]

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Southwick Players annual awards

March 11, 2024

Southwick Players SPOSCARS

The Southwick Players’ annual SPOSCARS (Southwick Players Oscars) Awards evening, celebrating all the great and good of 2023 at The Barn, Southwick on March 9. Congratulations to all the winners […]

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Upcoming Arts Diary Events

Sing and Play

Music for Connection: Sing and Play Lively, supportive, and fun weekly dementia-friendly singing and music-making session.  No experience necessary.  For people living with dementia and companions.  Free – funded by […]

Fri 31st May @ 11:30 am

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Brighton Unitarian Lunchtime Concert

Brighton Unitarian

Brighton Unitarian Lunchtime Concert Fridays 12.30–1.15pm Tea/coffee served from 12 noon May 2024 In May we are delighted to present a series of Showcase Concerts featuring some of the most […]

Fri 31st May @ 12:30 pm

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An Exhibition of Sussex Sculptors

Saturday 13 April–Sunday 2 June – weekends and bank holidays THE SECRET GARDEN KEMP TOWN An Exhibition of Sussex Sculptors This is an exhibition of celebrated Sussex sculptors set in […]

Sat 1st June

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Francis Bamford, countertenor, vocal recital

The cathedral of the back streets

Francis Bamford, countertenor, vocal recital.  Francis is a graduate from St. John’s College, Cambridge and has sung with the Choir of King’s College there 5:15 pm 1hr 10m £5.50 £5 […]

Sat 1st June @ 5:15 pm

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BHAC Arts Diary Summer 2024


The printed version of the summer 2024 Arts Diary is now out.
Look for your copy at libraries, community centres, information points, bars and cafes all around the area.

Alternatively become an Individual Supporter or a Business Supporter and get it delivered by post.
Please see the SUPPORTERS page for details.

Printed Arts Diary Information