The Art House, Southampton – Meet, Share, Create

Welcome to The Art House, a not-for-profit arts cafe, gallery and venue in the heart of Southampton.  We bring people together over art, tea and cake.

Home grown, handmade, quirky and original, our space offers a relaxed place to visit, eat and enjoy a drink surrounded by art and inspiration. We provide a space for you that’s different from the norm, accepting of the unexpected and unusual, where you will feel welcomed and at home.

There is an eclectic programme of events, workshops, performances and meetups to delight, entertain and inform. 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!)

Click here for our upcoming ticketed events

Steve Lowis selects three more talented local singer/songwriters to take to the stage all together to play a song each in turn 'in the round' as it were. Three musicians, one stage, one song at a time. Read more about it this regular event here: http://thearthousesouthampton.org/2014/05/11/hear-no-evil/

Steve Lowis selects three more talented local singer/songwriters to take to the stage all together to play a song each in turn ‘in the round’ as it were. Three musicians, one stage, one song at a time.
Read more about it this regular event here: 

Moving Voice is an inspiring, varied open mic night which features poetry and music. We run this event every month for poets and songwriters to share their work with people who will hear and appreciate it. This month Moving Voices is hosted by Simon Richiardi The theme is Weird, to go with Halloween. Or Wyrd, if you will.

Moving Voice is an inspiring, varied open mic night which features poetry and music. We run this event every month for poets and songwriters to share their work with people who will hear and appreciate it.This month Moving Voices is hosted by Simon Richiardi. The theme is Weird, to go with Halloween. Or Wyrd, if you will. 

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Unpretentious, absorbing and far from the madding crowd, India Electric Company’s carefully blended sound vortexes around a supple joining of voice and instruments. Concocted in the Devonshire countryside and Parisian cafes, Cole and Joseph produce intricately woven textures which belies the fact that there are only two of them   BOOK HERE

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Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk! // Coffee-house layabout, armchair revolutionary and poet Jonny Fluffypunk has become a father. Who is he to shape a young life? A funny, poignant lo-fi stand-up spoken word theatre show about finding the hero within, however unpromising the exterior. (Warning: contains references to anarcho-syndicalism.)  BOOK HERE

One month on from their exultant afrobeat night at The Cellar, The Sea Slugs once again invite you to stomp your feet, shake your hips and sing in solidarity, as we see the night through with their groove-laden politically motivated music. Tickets from: http://slugs1411.eventbrite.co.uk/

One month on from their exultant afrobeat night at The Cellar, The Sea Slugs once again invite you to stomp your feet, shake your hips and sing in solidarity, as we see the night through with their groove-laden politically motivated music.  BOOK HERE

The theatre company, 'Don't Go into the Cellar' have built up an enviable reputation for producing well thought out, intelligent adaptations of well known characters and stories.


The theatre company, ‘Don’t Go into the Cellar’ have built up an enviable reputation for producing well thought out, intelligent adaptations of well known characters and stories. Alongside Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, Montgomery Rhodes James developed the Ghost Story to a height of chilling exactness. Ghost stories brought to life!  BOOK HERE

Slack Bird’s music is a mix of old American folk music and melancholic melodies and stories of present day Finland sung in both Finnish and English with power and rawness of punk music which Slack Bird members grew up to and still play today.

Slack Bird’s music is a mix of old American folk music and melancholic melodies and stories of present day Finland sung in both Finnish and English with power and rawness of punk music which Slack Bird members grew up to and still play today.  BOOK HERE

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

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 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

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

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

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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