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..


This show is about sleep. It is suitable for those who have slept. “Weirdly moving in ways I still can’t quite define. I haven’t seen anything else quite like it, or him.” (The Stage.) “Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.” (The Independent) BOOK NOW


One very Christmassy man. Lots of stories. Far too many costume changes. Storytelling comedian Paul Richards (“immediately endearing.” – Heckler magazine), gets a bit excited about Christmas and he’s quite keen to share this with you. BOOK NOW


Swedish / Hungarian Singer & Songwriter, Antonia Vai is a magnificent storyteller who hovers between folk and soul, chanson and jazz, rock and pop. Accompanied by cajon, guitar and bass, expect a spiritual striptease with explosions of energy, sharp rhymes, rhythms, and unexpected melodies. BOOK NOW


Sweetchunks return to the Art House to relive their festive year with an evening of Christmas themed frivolities. Featuring special guests!! Dress code: the shi*tiest xmas jumper/pajamas you can find! BOOK NOW


Lively and uplifting folk in the cafe with fantastic Mary Jane to see you into the New Year! Come and celebrate the coming of 2017, and say f*ck off to 2016, with a highly original blend of acoustic & electric psychedelic folk-rock. 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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