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

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, making strong and healthy local communities.  We are a registered charity that continues to be run entirely by unpaid volunteers.


Our new Arts Diary,  covering what’s on in Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas during March, April and May 2020  will soon be available from various venues across Sussex   Also  Our online calendar  has detailed information on the events run by our 80+ group members who cover classical music, choirs,  jazz, amdram, dance, poetry, fine art, embroidery, radio, discussion groups, lectures and more!   There are events to enjoy in mornings, lunchtimes, afternoons and evenings.  Most member groups are open to new members so you can join them and take part yourself.  Pick up an Arts Diary and you’ll be spoilt for choice!  And see our Members list for full details of them all.



Please note: Several of our Group Members now have long-running exhibitions and these are now listed separately from the main Online Arts Diary.  You can view them listed here by order of their opening date.



On Saturday 29th February we’ll be inside the main entrance of Brighton’s Jubilee Library between 10am and 5pm, so whether you want a copy of our Arts Diary for the next quarter,  want information on any of our events or our members, or just want to say hello, we’ll be delighted to see you there.

The BHAC Annual Spring Art Show will be held at theFriends’ Meeting House, in Ship Street, Brighton from 10am -5pm Wednesday April 22nd – Friday 24th April, and 10am-4pm Saturday 25th April.  Free entry to all visitors, and you can vote for the Picture of the Year!  The winning exhibit will be announced after 3pm on the closing day.  All exhibits will be for sale.  See our online calendar for full details.


2020 is Shoreham Wordfest’s 10th anniversary year  and its Celebrating Shakespeare festival runs from 22 -26 April in various venues across Shoreham.  You can read more about it on our Blog and full details of the events are in our Arts Diary, our online calendar and their own website.


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, and a wider view of, many of our group members  can be found on our Blog on this website, and don’t forget to 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.