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 Coronovirus/Covid-19 pandemic all events listed in our March to May 2020 Arts Diary were cancelled or postponed.  However, updated information from many of our member groups is available via our  Blog Facebook and Twitter, and new events coming up, both live and online, are now being listed on our online calendar.


To celebrate their 10th anniversary,  Shoreham Wordfest  launched 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.


Brighton & Hove Arts Council (BHAC) is delighted to invite its group members to nominate an individual for its annual Outstanding Contribution to the Arts AwardThe closing date for entries has been extended to 31st July 2020.  Please see our Blog for details.





surgeriesThe Covid-19 disruption is hitting the creative, cultural, heritage, media and live events industries hard.  Delivered in partnership with the Arts & Creative Industries Commission & funded by Brighton & Hove City Council, the team at always possible are offering a limited number of structured 45 minute 1:1 surgeries for small and medium creative industries enterprises, freelancers and sole-traders.  Full details are on our Blog.





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.


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.