Welcome to The Art House

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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..


Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce some of the best acoustic singer-songwriting 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: Ruby Blue | Andy Comley | Anna Stonehouse BOOK NOW


Prof E, the finest purveyor of chap-hop rap stylings returns for what will will undoubtedly be a splendid evening of Earl Grey, fine trousers, and chronologically challenged orang utan butlers… …and if that wasn’t enough we also welcome back the multi-talented Ricky Tart! BOOK NOW


Jonathan Fashole-Luke is a multi instrumentalist from the UK who is in high demand for his live piano performances. He plays at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and performed live on BBC2s Later With Jools Holland, as well as travelling all over Europe to Jazz Festivals including Montreux, Vienne, North Sea and Vienna Jazz. BOOK NOW


Join National Flash Fiction Day director Calum Kerr for a workshop to help develop your flash fiction writing! If you are an aspiring writer, come and improve your skillset and hone your ideas with this hands-on session. BOOK NOW


Will’s playing has won him numerous awards, including Guitarist Magazine’s coveted UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2011, held at London’s Southbank Centre. He has been tutored by world-class classical and acoustic guitarists including Gerald Garcia, Stuart Ryan and Thomas Leeb. BOOK NOW


Of 8/40, Grant says: “At a time when the news feels like a constant tumbling mess of egomania, far-right-lite government (and support) and less and less about positive community-building – this album was seeded very much in my initial reaction to the EU Referendum, The Chilcot Report and the U.S. Presidential Election. But luckily, it’s still a funny album – it sounds great (thanks to Dan). I’m very proud of where it’s aiming.” BOOK NOW


About a year ago, author and journalist George Monbiot wrote an article for the Guardian on the personal and social effects of loneliness that quickly went viral. His first inclination, to write a book on the subject, soon gave way to the idea that the topic might be better conveyed through song. With this in mind he approached folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan and suggested a collaboration. 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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