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!

Here are some event highlights coming soon..

(There is also a full calendar of events here)


Spitdust produce experimental, atmospheric music, drawing influences from an eclectic mixture of contemporary english folk, world and country music. Expect a surreal, dream-like journey deep into the fields and hedgerows of the British countryside! DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


“Jack … I will give you and your descendants good lives … but you must return to me in two thousand years and bring me their stories, carried down the ages, in your blood.” DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Inspired by testing on Jason’s ancestral DNA, the journey starts with Jacobus, a young Greek boy, growing up in Roman Italy, and follows his descendants as they migrate across borders, nations and centuries, to the present day. Each story is an original piece, using mythologies of the times and regions, across the nations and across the ages. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Moving Voices is an inspiring, varied open mic night which features poetry, stories and music…. anything you can do with your voice, that will move the audience! This is a space where you can use your voice to share what Moves you, or where you can just sit comfortably and be inspired by what’s on offer, there’s no pressure. A relaxed, non-threatening environment, this is a great place to try something new for the first time. Entry is by suggested donation of £5. If you would like to perform, please arrive between 7.00 & 7.30pm. DISCOVER MORE ON FACEBOOK


Our friends Drew McKay, David Cromwell and Malcolm Levitt (AKA the 3OF!) will be performing live at The Art House. This event is open to the public and your are welcome to bring family and friends. Please publicise widely. Entry will be by donation – pay what you feel. There will be food and available and the bar will be open. DISCOVER MORE ON FACEBOOK


Join Quizmaster Dave for a love-themed pub quiz to celebrate all that is heartsome, amorous and just plain adorable. Come as a team, or join one when you get here. Cost = £3 per person to cover prize-money plus a bit towards running the Art House. It’ll be held downstairs, so please get in early to get a table. Oh, and you don’t *actually* have to be a hippie to take part! JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT

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)

Follow @TheArtHouseCafe on Twitter and find us on Facebook, too