Welcome to The Art House

Your one and only creatively-inspired, community-run, organic, love-filled, not-for-profit, quirky, slightly wonky, homegrown, 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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Stephen has devoted over 30 years trialling the world’s perennial vegetables. He grows more than 2,000 edible plants in his garden close to the Arctic Circle in Norway, and in 2003 earned the title ‘Extreme Salad Man’ after creating a salad using 537 varieties, inspired by multi-species Mediterranean dishes! Sprinkled with recipes inspired by local traditional gastronomy, this is a fascinating book, an entertaining adventure and a real milestone in climate-friendly vegetable growing from a pioneering expert on the subject. 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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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: Merciful Grace the Mechanical Maid | Special Guest: Jason Buck Storyteller. 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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Sean Bw Parker gives an in-depth analysis of the speech condition of stammering or stuttering from a first-hand point of view, dealing upfront with its causes, effects, and cultural context, with a view to better understanding of the condition itself. The evening is an extended version of the TED talk given at Kadir Has University in Istanbul in 2013, with added glitz, humour, and audience Q&A throughout! DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Gecko is a gifted young comic songwriter with charm and style to spare, who has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Robin Ince, Josie Long, John Hegley, & Billy Bragg. ‘Gecko makes it look easy… what sets him above many of his contemporaries is his restlessly inventive approach to character. One song offers what may well be the defining chorus of a generation.’ – ★★★★ Broadway Baby (Edinburgh Fringe 2016) DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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An acapella song theatre piece based on stories gathered from real women about their experiences of the peri and menopause, in all it’s glorious, tragic, hilarious and occasionally gory detail. “I recognised that I was approaching ‘The Change’ one afternoon in my late forties. I was overweight, anaemic, full of fear and fibroids, standing all alone in my garden, crying. Where had the confident, fearless, creative me gone? In that moment I decided to turn a really shitty experience into a creative one.” 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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