Perspectives Debbie Bragg

Our Mission

Creating Space for Change

Who we are

ONCA is a Brighton based arts charity that bridges social and environmental justice issues. With our public programme, we create inclusive spaces for collaborative learning, artist support and community solidarity.

Alongside our gallery venue, we manage the ONCA Barge at Brighton Marina, a community centred learning space that supports artist development and offers a programme of creative activities for young people and families in East Brighton.

What We Do

We raise awareness of Social and environmental issues through art 

  • Art for Social Change: We work with artists, activists and community groups to deliver exhibitions and events that explore and promote social change
  • Arts, Health & Wellbeing: We use art to explore and promote mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing
  • Climate & Culture: We produce and promote creative initiatives and cultural responses to the climate emergency
  • Endangered & Lost Species: We use art to explore stories of extinct and critically endangered species, cultures and ecological communities.

We facilitate spaces for education & development relating to art, culture and the environment

  • Artist Development: We promote opportunities for artists to develop their creative practices, receive professional guidance and engage in peer-led networking
  • Community Arts: We support local artists, groups and organisations to deliver creative projects & events that promote social inclusion and community solidarity in Brighton & Hove
  • Decolonising Art & Culture: We collaborate with artists of colour and POC-led organisations to curate and support events and exhibitions that challenge eurocentrism and racism within mainstream arts and culture
  • Education for Sustainability: We collaborate with learning organisations and artists to design and deliver creative activities that promote education for sustainability
  • Environmental Justice & Activism: We work with local and global campaigners to promote community-led action & education for environmental justice.


  • Donations: We ask for donations to help us care for artists, work creatively with communities and welcome diverse audiences
  • Fundraising: We work alongside a variety of artists, activists, volunteers, community organisations and businesses to host community events to raise money for our programmes and activities
  • Space Hire: We hire out our Gallery and Barge venue spaces for exhibitions, events and co-working
  • Memberships: We run a membership scheme which enables people to offer us regular financial support and enjoy a range of exclusive benefits in return.


You can support ONCA’s activities and development by making a donation, becoming a member or getting involved in our volunteering scheme.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Bragg / Artwork Credit: Jenny Hooper & Chris Drury