Welcome to The Art House

Your one and only creatively-inspired, community-run, organic, love-filled, not-for-profit, quirky, slightly wonky, home grown, 100% original, local cafe / gallery / venue / home-from-home in Southampton.  

Bringing inspiration, art, ethical food and creative joy to our city since 2008.

* Award winning, licenced organic cafe, open daytimes and evenings for food and drink (click here for our opening times and menu)
* Events calendar of world class music, performance poetry, fringe theatre and more
* Clubs and groups to join where you can share interests with like-minded folk
* Crafts, Zines, prints, books and original art by local artists for sale
* A preloved clothes Boutique

If you are looking for a 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. 

We are staffed mostly by volunteers so you can get involved in that way, too!

Coming soon..


‘Cheeky, affable and politicised’ – The Metro // ‘One of Britain’s leading satirists’ – Buzzfeed // ‘Travels at lightning speed yet doesn’t leave anyone behind and is an enjoyable, frequently funny ride.’ – **** Broadway Baby // ‘Has more than enough energy to go round, and he’s a hugely engaging onstage presence.’ – British Comedy Guide // ‘With this fresh style and material he blows so many other comedians out of the water.’ – **** Three Weeks // ‘Bearded berk’ – Leicester Mercury BOOK NOW


This is a chat show with a difference! Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews leading celebrities of the Victorian era, recounts a story or two and invites his audience to get “Caught in the Act”! Brought to you by the ‘Don’t Go Into The Cellar’ Theatre Company – the British Empire’s finest practitioners of top-notch Victorian entertainment. BOOK NOW


Insanity. Robbery. Kidnap. Otherwise, everything’s normal. Simon is an escaped psychiatric patient. Millie is a six year old with a mouth like a sandblaster. Granny doesn’t stand a chance. The new show from comic, poet and reformed psychiatric nurse, Rob Gee, creator of ‘Fruitcake’ and ‘Ten Commandments from the Psych Ward’. BOOK NOW


Hone your performance skills and bring your writing to life. Learn how to win audiences over, channel stage fright, handle hecklers, and deliver the performance your writing deserves. Includes an armoury of ideas and exercises designed to improve your confidence in all manner of public speaking. All styles of writing and poetry are welcome. BOOK NOW


The Don’t Go Into The Cellar theatre company introduces Lexi Wolfe, who presents a one-woman show .. The Witch in the Woods. When new religion meets the old magick, there’ll be hell to pay! BOOK NOW


‘Stories from the Woods and Wild Places’ is a show of original fairy tales for adults. Performed by Jason Buck, storyteller & cabaret performer, the show is a collection of stories from real & fantastical places, where the trees grow tall & dark, the dead lie uneasy, & you should never … ever … stray from the path. BOOK NOW


Welcome to the world of PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL. Sit yourself down and he’ll brew you a nice Hip Hop number, stir in some comedy and then serve it with scones. Meanwhile, NOAH’S HOUSE BAND will bring you quirky Folk Tales from the ARK using household implements, honks, warbles, squarks and barfs. Storytelling from the furthest reaches of the imagination from a cast of characters. BOOK NOW


Francesca is an award-winning comedian who has toured internationally including sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She is a regular face on TV and is most known for her starring role in Ricky Gervais’ EXTRAS. There are two shows, 13th and 14th. 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. (and here’s what you missed!)

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

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