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!

Coming soon..


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. LEARN MORE


The Horse was born in 2005, but has run it’s final furlong. Come along and say farewell to Southampton’s most eclectic, charming, ridiculous, heartfelt, silly, funky, chilled, jazzy, folky and lovely band. You can expect members past and present (as The Horse has always been like a family) to be playing. Canter down to the Art House and wish us all an equine time in future ventures. BOOK NOW


Shake off those post bank holiday blues with some great new music from the likes of new country duo The Belvideres, eclectic cello/guitar duo The Circadian Bicycles as well as some funky styles from Cadmium! Entry free, tips encouraged! LEARN MORE


COFFEE or NOT: Progressive introspective looped songs, cymbals bursts, and ethereal pads & shouts from Brussels. TEMPLES of YOUTH: An stunning indie-electronic duo from Winchester, creating big sounds with a limited number of hands. BOOK NOW


To us, rats often represent the underbelly of place. Rats may well feel the same about us. With the aid of a variety of instruments, Mike will tales of rats, rot and ruination, tales that wiggle and twist beneath the surface of Hampshire. BOOK NOW


Rachael Dadd on piano and film Collaboration with Betsy Dadd, Lydia CS & Aurelia Lange. Selected songs from her albums ‘We Resonate’ and `Bite The Mountain` alongside a breathtaking animated backdrop created by visual artist and sister Betsy.
“Boasting a vocal which echoes Beth Orton and a melody which reminds of Rotary Connection’s ‘I Am the Black Gold of the Sun.” – THE LIST **** BOOK NOW


Consisting of members of the University of Southampton Folk Society, Threepenny Bit formed early in 2011 blending traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds into a fresh interpretation of folk music with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing. “Bursting with Energy” – Martin Chilton, The Telegraph. 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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