About BHAC

Who we are

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.

What we do

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. More information about the printed Arts Diary here. There is also an online version here.

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 all our recent events here

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.

Poetry Competition and Festival: once every two years we hold a 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.

Our Supporters

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

Current committee

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

You can read the current BHAC Constitution or view our Privacy Policy here.


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 use our contact form to get in touch.

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