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.

Banish the Burglars – Save The Art House …. our current fundraiser

* 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!

Here are some event highlights coming soon..

(There is also a full calendar of events here)


Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce three more of the best acoustic musical talent around. The format is ‘in the round’ with all three performers on stage together, taking it in turns, one song at a time. This month’s Monkeys are: Real Raj, Jack Dale, Charlie Hole | This month’s show is part of SO:To Speak Festival of Words 2017. DISCOVER MORE and BOOK


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. DISCOVER MORE and BOOK


‘Forget Me Not’ is a whodunit set on an Alzheimer’s ward. During his nurse training, Rob Gee spent three months on a Challenging Behaviour ward for people with late stage dementia. Coincidentally, this show is set on a dodgy elderly ward in the mid-nineties. Not all wards are like this! But this place was. Much has improved since then, but there’s a long way to go, and it’s still the people with the worst memories who tend to be the most forgotten about. DISCOVER MORE and BOOK


Great songs to dance to, infectious rhythms, flying harmonica! Rory McLEOD’s eccentric melodies are infused with influences from Flamenco to Country blues, through to Celtic, East European and Calypso rhythms creating a style of music and songwriting that has been described as “Intimate, revealing, political and powerful”. He has performed with ANI DI FRANCO, MICHELLE SHOCKED, MICHAEL FRANTI, TOWNES VAN ZANDT, BUTCH HANCOCK, with the West-African guitarist ALI FARKE-TOURE and TAJ MAHAL. DISCOVER MORE and BOOK


Shrieking in the cellar? Apparitions in the attic? A poltergeist in the pantry? You’re Haunted! Spooks, spectres, spirits and shades. Dead people who won’t go away. The ex- corporated that just can’t move on. Are they seeking revenge from beyond the grave? Do they have a message to pass on before they can pass on themselves? The Talesman braves the dark to bring you the best stories of the dead… but not entirely departed. DISCOVER MORE and BOOK


Award-winning guitarist Maneli Jamal has wowed audiences around the world with his visual style of playing acoustic guitar, incorporating many musical textures into his performances. Jon Hart is a fingerstyle singer-songwriter who blends modern percussive fingerstyle playing with vocal harmony to create a huge acoustic sound. Jon Hart is a fingerstyle singer-songwriter based in the UK. He blends modern percussive fingerstyle playing with vocal harmony to create a huge acoustic sound.


Jason presents a set of dark fairy tales for the season of shadows… Jason has been a performer most of his adult life, including gurning, comedy, and sword swallowing, but his passion lies in stories – there’s nothing like getting lost in a story, the pictures in your head are better than film. Jason has written and published three collections of his own stories, won silver at this year’s Lying Festival and recently won ‘Best Bard’ at Profound Decisions’ ‘Theatre of Joy and Sorrow’. He is also unnecessarily tall and has a memorably large mustache. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Steve Lowis proudly announces the launch party for his album Chapters! “The songs on this album date back 20 years so it really does feel like the closing of a chapter for me.” – Steve. Support is from Jimmy Herrity (Submariner), Daniel Eagle and 1 more act TBC. Some of the musicians who have played on the album will join Steve for this special performance. 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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