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 / 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


Free entry, but with the option of reserving a Thali supper and table. Michaela Wylde is a singer, songwriter, pianist and unique covers artist from Shropshire, performing jazzy-pop, with an alternative edge. Michaela released her debut album ‘Painted Smile’ in June 2015 and has since had tracks from the album played numerous times through BBC Introducing. 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.


When the music press describes someone as an ‘Incredible acoustic talent’ and ‘Peerless – no other word for it…’ and when people like Jean-Christophe Novelli and Madonna are booking them for their private parties, then you know that something pretty special is going on. Welcome to the world of UK acoustic guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll! DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


An evening of music, spiritual and social consciousness raising and community dancing. Based around the music and presence of Southampton-born Jelly Cleaver on guitar and vocals, the band comprise Seth Evans on keys (keyboard and computer), Nikita Foster Losak on bass and Guillaume Trionfo on drums. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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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