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)


Will has just completed recording his first solo album in five years, Dragonflies, Frogs & Bumblebees! Produced by one of the world’s most highly-respected acoustic guitarists – Clive Carroll, the album has already received acclaim from a special pre-release concert at the prestigious Ullapool Guitar Festival in October. “Words are insufficient” – Ullapool Guitar Festival. “Acoustic genius…a true guitar ninja” – Guitar Techniques Magazine. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Live acoustic music from the best of Southampton’s local talent.
Part of Southampton Solent University’s Annual Smilefest. Featuring Soul and
Fire / Stabel Youth / BASH. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Two independent but complimentary one-day workshops that can be taken singly or together. Cliff Eastabrook has been on stage most of his life. He toured the UK with theatre companies and Europe with rock bands, but for over twenty years he has been The Travelling Talesman, a storyteller performing mythology and folklore at festivals and in themed touring shows for adult audiences. In The Story and The Telling, he guides you through the process of researching, learning, devising and rehearsing along with tips and tricks from a lifetime of performing. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Roswell is a brand new Americana/ Folk duo featuring singer-songwriters Zoë Wren and Jasmine Watkiss. Based between Cambridge and London, Roswell formed in December 2017 after what can only be described as “musical love at first sight” at an open mic in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The duo has exciting plans for 2018, including slots at Wimborne Folk Festival and Home Farm Festival in June. Watch this space! The Thali is a large plate of freshly cooked rice, dhal, veg curry, samosa, chapathi and pickle (suitable for vegans.) DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


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


Join host/poet Duncan Green in the ‘den of performance’ for an intimate night featuring talented musicians and poets. LIONHEART BOOK LAUNCH: One of the most passionate poetry performers of his generation, London based Spoken Word Artist Lionheart hones this gift in a way that makes ‘pulling on heartstrings’ music to the ears. He has opened for MOBO & BAFTA winner Akala at London’s famous Jazz Cafe, for Def Poet Shihan at SOAS University and was commissioned to write and perform a poem commemorating Shakespeare’s 400th birthday for The British Library. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


“Beautiful and powerful. Their music is inspiring.” – Steve Hackett, Genesis. Combining fragile folk & pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra combines acoustic instrumental dexterity and 80’s synthesisers with classical composition. Voted Best British Duo at London’s Exposure Music Awards and scoring second place in the Album of the Year Category in the US Indie Music Awards, the band have drawn comparisons to Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, London Grammar, Pink Floyd, Steve Reich and Ludovico Einaudi. “Fantastically creative. Utterly magical.” – BBC. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Andy’s album launch a few weeks ago was such a roaring success, we decided to have him back straight away. Andy is a singer-songwriter from The Midlands of England, now based in Southampton. Making music since his university days, Andy has released four albums to date: available on Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify (just type in Andy Billington and find him as an artist!) His songs are a mix of Indie, Pop/Rock, Alternative Folk with meaningful lyrics and strong melodies. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


The Rose of Jericho. Violence. War. Love. Discovery. One man’s journey. | Written by Alex Martinez | Performed by Kevin Hely | Produced by Francesca Martinez | An ex-British army soldier casts a darkly humorous eye over his Irish childhood, relationships, experiences of war, and three events that have changed his life. He is still fighting but it’s a different war now | After the 55 min show, there will then be a break, followed an interview between Kevin and his partner, comedian Francesca Martinez. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


An evening of music and film: Cat Eliza T – EP Launch, the debut of her music video ‘I Should Wait Around’ by Ben Grace Films, plus the short film ‘Antelope’ by Ben. To celebrate the official release of her EP Cat worked with the wonderful BEN GRACE FILMS creating a music video for the title track. The video features music, puppetry, gothic libraries and Romany Gypsy churches. Imagine it: all the madness from Cat’s brain-tank skilfully filmed and edited by Ben brought to the screen. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal is widely regarded as one of the country’s most preeminent roots and blues multi-instrumentalists. Guitarist, ukulele master and singer-songwriter Manitoba Hal is a musical renaissance man. There will be a 90-minute ukulele workshop during the day and, later a full show, both within the cozy acoustic gorgeousness of our upstairs Gallery Performance Space. There is a discounted price for the workshop and show combined. 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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