Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission develops policy, raises funds, provides advice and delivers programmes.

The Arts & Creative Industries Commission is an independent partnership supporting arts, creative industries and the cultural sector in Brighton & Hove.

We work with and on behalf of the sector to help maintain the city’s profile as a world class cultural city where excellent and innovative art is made, nurtured and presented. Our role is to look outward, coordinating the priorities of its members with local, regional and national opportunities and facilitating a shared vision for Brighton & Hove as a cultural city.

The Commission was set-up by the Leader of the Council and Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council in December 2004 in recognition of the importance of arts and culture to the city and to capitalise on the very successful partnership work during the city’s 2002 campaign for the European Capital of Culture.

We are part of the city’s family of partnerships and are represented on the Local Strategic Partnership, a formal group which has a key role in the governance of the city.

Our members give their time and expertise for free, providing a significant resource for the commission and the city. The diversity of the commission represents the cultural mix of the city and includes leading figures with national and international profile.

The commission also makes use of working parties. These are small functional, time-limited groups established by the commission for a particular purpose. Topics can be suggested to the commission by individual members or by individuals or organisations not represented on it through the website. Membership of individual working parties includes a minimum of two commission members and a number of non-members with specialist expertise. Working parties produce recommendations in formal papers which are then discussed by the whole commission and accepted recommendations provide the framework for individual projects / future work.