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)


Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce three of the best acoustic musical talent around. The format is ‘in the round’ with all three acts on stage together, taking it in turns, one song at a time. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Attila has journied through the great political battles and movements of recent times.. Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League/Anti-Fascist Action, Miners’ Strike, Wapping dispute, Red Wedge, Poll Tax, campaigns against two Gulf Wars: Attila has been there, done the benefit and worn the T-shirt.


It’s a good idea to see what we can learn from the mistakes of others. Join Ian B Dunne, the Science Showman, on a series of sideways leaps through the dead ends of the history of science with the emphasis on entertainment, amusement and changing the way you look at the world. 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! You are welcome to share your own work, or somebody else’s. Entry by donation (suggested £5.) JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT


Set in 700 A.D., The Witch In The Woods is the story of Maya, the wise woman to a local village. Bitter at the changes that have happened to her village and community since the Christianization of the isles, she finds herself increasingly ostracized and even abused by the very people she and her female ancestors have spent their lives dedicated to helping and advising. When new religion meets the old magick, there’ll be hell to pay! DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Transform writing habits and ambitions with a workshop that challenges writers to breathe fresh life into language through a series of prompts and activities designed to stimulate new work. Participants will explore transforming the old into something new by repopulating existing works and using first-hand accounts to create new works of fiction. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Join host/poet Duncan Green in the ‘den of performance’ for an intimate night featuring talented musicians and poets. Tonight’s guest performers will be: Lucas & King and Dave Hubble. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Anna Phoebe has toured playing violin for artists including Jon Lord, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Oi Va Voi, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, as well as as a solo artist supporting the likes of Bob Dylan. ‘Papillon’ is a project together with guitarist and co-writer Nicolas Rizzi. DISCOVER MORE AND BOOK


Stanlæy is currently a Southampton based 9-piece band led by Bethany Stenning: Bethany Stenning (Electric guitar and vocals), Ed Holland (Bass), Torjus Martissen (Drums), Kitty O’Neal and Emma Atkins (Backing vocals), Matt Andrews, Emma Benson, Ellie Dawson and Sophie Blundell (String quartet). Think of Bjork, Sigur Ros, and the Dirty Projectors. DISCOVER MORE AND BOOK


On the sea wall in Nice, Raoul Dufy paints a portrait of his muse Jane. A troupe of singers and instrumentalists celebrate the painter in Waltz, Jazz, Blues and Repartee until the sun goes down and envelopes the generous, sensual world of Monsieur Dufy. Mike Westbrook OBE is a key figure in the development of British jazz. DISCOVER MORE AND BOOK


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 / Owen Tromans led John Peel favourites San Lorenzo, has released several acclaimed albums and toured with the likes of Best Coast, Mumford & Sons, Idlewild and Plush. DISCOVER MORE AND BOOK


From raw gospel blues to cinematic epics, from heavy driving grooves to delicately arranged folk songs, Marty’s beautiful and distinctive voice, his lyrics stark, yet lush, over gritty electrified guitar, will leave you open-jawed. Telling people about it afterwards will be like describing a remembered dream.


Dan O’Farrell’s songs brought to ferocious life by The Difference Engine – guitar, double-bass & drums. And for this album-launch, the amazing cast of musicians who played on the album. We always ask our bands to describe themselves in three words. Theirs was the brand new genre, Radical Romantic Folkabilly. Described as ‘erudite, morose and challenging’ and ‘arguably Southampton’s finest song-writer’ Dan writes and sings songs of satirical vehemence. DISCOVER MORE AND BOOK


Combining fragile folk and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra’s experimental approach combines acoustic instrumental dexterity and 80’s synthesisers with classical composition. Their song I’m Yours is the soundtrack for new Best Director and Best Actress winning sci-fi epic Charlie and Me. “Beautiful and powerful. Their music is inspiring.” – Steve Hackett, Genesis. DISCOVER MORE AND 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. Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song ‘Hollow Point’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011.

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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