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, licensed 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)

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Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce some 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. This month features Dan O’Farrell, Christopher Olden (The Alaskan Pipeline) and Toby Janes. Sit back, relax, enjoy. The sound is first class, there’s a varied selection of craft ales, lagers and ciders in the bar downstairs, and a friendly audience who are there to enjoy the music, primarily. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Dan O’Farrell’s songs brought to ferocious life by The Difference Engine – guitar, double-bass & drums. 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 songwriter’, Dan O’Farrell writes and sings songs of satirical vehemence. Jack Francis brings us his hauntingly wonderful acoustic tunes tinged in old-school Americana (Southampton Music Magazine) and “Brilliant voice and amazing songwriting talent!” (BBC Introducing.) DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Bohemian layabout, armchair revolutionary and poet, Jonny Fluffypunk, presents: How I Came To Be Where I Never Was – an energetic and uplifting show about the small things in life, fusing theatre, storytelling, comedy, ‘stand-up poetry’ (think John Cooper-Clarke not John Keats) and even a bit of ukulele.“… A haphazard, but utterly lovable, coming of age story / A little work of genius.” DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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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. Host: Richard Heaven, Special Guest: Andy Buchanan ** Burns night special: Free entry to all in kilts! ** 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, or if you haven’t performed before. Please join us and enjoy a great evening! DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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The Art House have been putting on some Cafe Session shows for a few months now. They are intimate acoustic showcases in the downstairs area of the cafe. They have been well received from audiences and musicians so far. Tonight two smashingly great songwriters Alex Bowron and Steve Lowis who will be performing their original material from 7:30pm. Donations (to go to the artists) are welcomed through the wonders of the ‘magic hat’. A selection of delicious cakes, hot food, beers and beverages will be on sale as always. Come and make it one to remember. JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT

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As part of National Storytelling Week The Travelling Talesman returns to the Art House. Having brought two fresh shows on specific themes to the Art House every year for the last half a decade this one off gig will be a chance for the Talesman to tell a new tale or two he really likes but hasn’t found a space for in the touring shows, share some thoughts about storytelling and being a storyteller and indulge in some favourite tales from the tours. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Imagine if Richard Cheese seduced all three of the Andrews Sisters…and each had a little Lounge Baby. The Lounge Kittens would be the scandalous loin-product of that sordid affair. This is your chance to hear the Kittens up close and personal in the intimate environment of The Art House. This show is suitable for families (probably!) and will last approx. 45 minutes. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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1636. Lancaster Castle – The Witches’ Tower. You are imprisoned, awaiting trial, crammed into a cell with a solitary woman who has been here for years. She tells you the story that lead to her being imprisoned, beginning at a Witchcraft Trial, twenty-four years previously. But she was not the accused witch. In 1612, she was nine, and she was a witness for the prosecution against the Witches Of Pendle, including her own brother, sister, and mother. In this story, the infamous Jennet Device herself tells her version of the events which lead to the hanging of ten people – impossible, had it not been for Jennet’s testimony – and her how fortunes fared since then. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Join host/poet Duncan Green in the ‘den of performance’ for an intimate night featuring talented musicians and poets. We welcome guests Arnie Cottrell (acoustic guitars, National Tricone guitar, mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, bouzouki) & Graham Bushell and local poet, Matt L.T. Smith. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Andy’s songs are a mix of Indie, Pop/Rock, Alternative Folk with meaningful lyrics and strong melodies. This new album, Mercy Mercia, are all original songs exploring how to navigate being alive today, and how it felt growing up in one of Mercia’s old capitals. You’ll have to come along to find out more about what Mercia is. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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The Mad Peacock presents a madly eclectic array of talent from Southampton and beyond. Brought under its wing for this edition at The Art House on Sat 17th February are, from Spain via Kent, Rob Picazo Music! From Paris, France, Opium Dream Estate! From Southampton, and one of the most fantastic new bands on the scene, The Lantern Parade! DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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With a voice like spider-webbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha has earned a nomination from the BBC for best newcomer and released six albums to date on her own label Squiggly Records building up a large audience worldwide. She also featured on the Zero 7 album ‘Yeah Ghost’. Her performances take you from stripped-down folk arrangements to textural electronica, sparkling melodies, and her beautiful crystal clear vocals…often stepping off stage to sing unaccompanied amongst the audience. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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The Art House presents two incredible evenings of music with arguably the best acoustic guitarist in the country. (There is a repeat show on Saturday night.) 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

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A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs. Award winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award winner, Glastonbury’s ‘Poet In Residence’) returns with another heartfelt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores hair and hairs. Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time. Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out. 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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