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.


Irresistible songs, rhythms and dance from the streets of Brazil! Great food, drinks and friends, too. A perfect end for 2014. We couldn’t leave an amazing roller-coaster 2014 without a decent send off.. and you know us; we like to do things in style! We bring you the tightest, grooviest, Afro-Brazilian beats from the streets of Brazil, with Southampton’s own, Bat2k! There will be two performances, interspersed with infectious tunes from DJs Blue Bongo and perhaps a guest appearance from DJ Hubert Carpet (AKA Bik!) to round things off all down in the cafe. Upstairs, there will be snacks (expect deliciousness) and cocktails, and a chill-out zone upstairs. INFO & TICKETS HERE

The 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 (scroll down to see some highlights!)

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!)


Willowen are a trio from Bournemouth who have pioneered the exciting genre of Indie-Quirk Folk. Fusing three part harmonies, indie rock ethics and a folky twist, the band has been described as a quirky mixture of folk and Fleetwood Mac. They have performed at Isle of Wight Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and Purbeck Folk Festival in recent years, as well as sharing the stage with the likes of KT Tunstall, Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South/Housemartins), We Were Evergreen and 3 Daft Monkeys to name a few. BOOK NOW


Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC Radio and recorded for the Poetry Archive. She was the winner of the 2012 Poetry London competition. BOOK NOW


With nostalgic references to the whimsical psychedelia of the 1960’s, mixed with a variety of more contemporary alternative rock influences, The Skull Kids’ are vocalist and guitarist Jonathan White (Don), bass guitarist Will Scott-Hartley, drummer Ross Gordon, keyboards player Alfie Pugh and graphic artist Eloise Rose. Their music focuses on strong melodies and dramatic ebbs and flows of sound, allusive lyrics blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy. BOOK NOW


COFFEE OR NOT Coffee Or Not is a Belgian band based in Brussels. Soho and Renaud record music quite electric but where vocal harmonies are key. Their third LP, ‘SoRe’, is now darker, more tense, even stormy. From introspective loops to cymbals bursts, or from ethereal pads to shouts, this is now more about tickling the guts than the ears.       MIKE VAUGHAN has played for many local Southampton bands and enrolled in Drumtech in Acton, part of The London College of Music and Media. During this time he played for the band Karmic Jera who won several awards including The Best Unsigned Band and were featured in Kerrang magazine, Metal Hammer et al. He likes to write songs rich in metaphor and deeper meanings. He likes cheese on toast. 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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