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.



Our new Arts Diary,  covering what’s on in Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas during March, April and May 2020  is now available from venues across Sussex. 

However, due to the Coronovirus/Covid-19 pandemic many of the events listed have now been cancelled or postponed and these have now been removed from our online calendar.  As new information continues to be received from our group members this will be updated accordingly.  We recommend that the public contact the organiser or venue of any still-listed event for confirmation before attending.



To celebrate their 10th anniversary,  Shoreham Wordfest is launching a Poetry and Prose Competition from 1st April.  They are inviting poems of 10 lines and 10-word short stories.  The competitions will be judged by John McCullough and Catherine Smith and are open to all residents of Sussex, with a special prize for 16-18 year-olds.   The closing date is 1st August. Full details on their website.


To our Members, Supporters and Sponsors

It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of our

Spring Art Show 2020

Following the government’s announcement about the need for social distancing as part of our response to contain the spread of Covid 19 (coronavirus), Trustees have with sadness taken the decision to cancel this event. We will however be looking at the possibility of running the Art Show in the autumn.

Protecting the health and wellbeing of our members, supporters, volunteers and visitors are of paramount importance to us and we see this as a necessary step in these difficult circumstances.

The impact of the current situation on the arts community locally has been devastating and we are well aware that many of our members have had to cancel or postpone planned events.

However, several groups have informed us of their ongoing plans to ensure that they continue to support both their members and the public in the forthcoming months and we will be working with them to offer our support via our web site and social media channels.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help your group in any way

Thank you for your continued support which is vital to us.

Keep safe

Jane Osler



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.