Welcome to The Art House – an art cafe, gallery and venue in the heart of Southampton.  We bring people together over art, tea and cake.

Home grown, community run, not-for-profit, handmade, quirky and original, our space offers a relaxed place to connect with your creativity and enjoy wholesome, homecooked food.

1964927_10152462806944436_956223377022356775_nThe Art House was created in 2007 as a space for grassroots, fringe and outsider art.  We offer an eclectic programme of events, workshops and performances.

You will also find many clubs and groups to join, a crafts and preloved clothes Boutique and original art exhibitions by local artists.

All of these lovely things are housed in our award winning cafe with a licenced bar, which is open during the day and most evenings, serving food, drinks, snacks and cakes.

If you are looking for a creative gathering place that’s different from anywhere you’ve ever been, a place that welcomes the unexpected and unusual, you will feel very at home here.

  In the words of one of our visitors – “A place where I can be myself, feel welcome, safe and with like minded people”  

So don’t stay in; come and visit us today.  Here are some highlights coming up soon (click the images for more info and tickets)…  (and here’s what you missed!)

Martin Figura…. a poet, teacher, retired army major, qualified accountant (winner of the 1976 RAPC Apprentice College Accounting Prize), Randy Newman fan and photographer; but mostly a poet. Helen Ivory is editor for The Poetry Archive & of the webzine Ink Sweat & Tears, Course Director for Creative Writing for Continuing Education at UEA and lives in Norwich with her husband, Martin Figura, where they run Café Writers – a live literature organization.

Martin Figura…. a poet, teacher, retired army major, qualified accountant (winner of the 1976 RAPC Apprentice College Accounting Prize), Randy Newman fan and photographer; but mostly a poet. Helen Ivory is editor for The Poetry Archive & of the webzine Ink Sweat & Tears, Course Director for Creative Writing for Continuing Education at UEA and lives in Norwich with her husband, Martin Figura, where they run Café Writers – a live literature organization.  BOOK HERE

Rachel is the hybrid result of immigrant roots, English folk festivals and urban jungle. She writes, tells and sings stories that weave between these three strands. Not really surprising then that she loves creating connections; collaborations and commissions for everyone from Billy Bragg to the Royal Shakespeare Company. BOOK HERE

Rachel is the hybrid result of immigrant roots, English folk festivals and urban jungle. She writes, tells and sings stories that weave between these three strands. Not really surprising then that she loves creating connections; collaborations and commissions for everyone from Billy Bragg to the Royal Shakespeare Company. “Polished and compelling…a consummate performer… definitely one to watch” – ★ ★ ★ ★ THE INDEPENDENT “Immense skill and breathless conviction…there’s no faulting Reid’s command of her craft” – ★ ★ ★ ★ THE TIMES “It’s impossible to take your eyes off her…storytelling with a unique and modern twist” – ★ ★ ★ ★ THREE WEEKS   BOOK HERE

Grant Sharkey's 20 Year Mission: To Release an album every 6 months for the next 20 years. This is number 4 of 40! Grant explains: "It started in a traffic jam in London. Traffic jams always make me a little more philosophical than usual, I was dehydrated, I was being sold something everywhere I looked by companies that didn't give a shit about the fact I needed a drink of water, my fellow drivers could barely find the courage to look at me and recognise our reality.

Grant Sharkey’s 20 Year Mission: To Release an album every 6 months for the next 20 years. This is number 4 of 40! Grant explains: “It started in a traffic jam in London. Traffic jams always make me a little more philosophical than usual, I was dehydrated, I was being sold something everywhere I looked by companies that didn’t give a shit about the fact I needed a drink of water, my fellow drivers could barely find the courage to look at me and recognise our reality. BOOK HERE

Waitress for the Bees is Dr Emma Hooper’s solo project, using viola, accordion, saw, glockenspiel, toy piano, electronics and vocals to play quirky and affecting songs about dinosaurs and insects, that will make your heart hurt. BOOK HERE

We are delighted to welcome back Will McNicol to The Art House, following three previous sell-out shows here, and this time he's not alone! Luke Selby is a professional drummer respected as one of the best, new talents on the scene.   BOOK NOW

We are delighted to welcome Will McNicol, UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2011, back to The Art House, following three previous sell-out shows here, and this time he’s not alone! Luke Selby is a professional drummer respected as one of the best, new talents on the scene. BOOK NOW

These are just some of the things going on at The Art House – we also have a busy programme of regular events, groups, workshops and live music.

What people who come to our events say…. (click to play silent slideshow)

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