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.


Winners Announced!

A panel of judges, who all have a strong connection to Arts and Culture in our city,  selected the BHAC ‘Artist of the Year’ from the exhibits, along with two runners-up. 

See full details of the results here.







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.




Updated information from many of our member groups is now available via our  Blog Facebook and Twitter.   (Our latest Blog items are from:  SCAR, Springboard, Brighton Consort, Sussex Harmonisers, Music for Connection, Hove Civic Society, South East Dance, and Wick Theatre Group.)   While most of our members’ events are listed on our online calendar here, don’t miss their longer-running events which are listed separately here and which often run for a month or more. 


BHAC Poetry Festival Flyer

We were thrilled to see that Dr Niki Strange, who won second prize in our 2019 Poetry Competition, has started a poetry workshop to help other people who are going through treatment for cancer.   You can read the full report in the Argus here.

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.

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.