Brighton & Hove Arts Council (BHAC) was established in 1974 to support and promote the not-for-profit arts community in Sussex. Run entirely by volunteers, the BHAC membership consists of around 90 arts groups as well as over 80 individual supporters, covering all areas of the arts including visual arts, drama, music, spoken and written word.


BHAC supports local arts by promoting its member groups, helping them to reach out to a wider audience through its core activities and special projects, and contributing to cultural diversity and the health and wellbeing of the community we serve.


Arts Diary: published every quarter, this attractive free booklet lists information on all cultural events put on by BHAC member groups and includes the members’ newsletter ArtsLink. Copies of the Arts Diary are distributed to various locations throughout the area and there is an online version on the BHAC website.

The BHAC Website: our user-friendly website provides information about member groups and their events, as well as the activities of BHAC itself and engaging blog articles.

Social Media: creating greater awareness of events and activities of BHAC and member groups by regular posting via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.


See our past events here

BHAC Drama Awards:  an annual celebration of the talent to be found among our member drama groups.

Art Shows: held annually, are a showcase for the remarkable work produced by members of our visual arts groups.

BHAC Poetry Competition and Festivala competition for Sussex poets culminating in a day-long festival of poetry reading and prize-giving featuring national and local talent.

Contribution to the Arts Award: annual recognition for someone who has made a significant contribution to not for profit arts, nominated by members and supporters.


BHAC funds itself through membership subscriptions, income from events, sponsorship and through its individual and business supporters.


Following our most recent Annual General Meeting on 03 July 2021, our Trustees are:

Chairman:             Jane Osler
Vice-Chair:            John Hird
Hon. Treasurer:    David Sears
Hon. Secretary:    Caroline Earle
                                Milla Hills
                                Kevin Rance

Our current Constitution may also be downloaded: BHACConstitution2018June, as well as our Privacy Policy BHAC


We are always pleased to welcome new volunteers as committee members, or to help with individual events. If you would like to join us as a volunteer please Contact Us



Please note we are not a funding organisation and do not offer grants.