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..


Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce some of the best acoustic musical talent around. The format is ‘in the round’ with all three acts on stage together, taking it in turns, one song at a time. BOOK NOW


With influences ranging from The Beatles, Deep Purple, Yes, Rush, EL&P, Jethro Tull, Queen, Metallica, Pantera, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Dream Theater to Queensryche, Spock’s Beard, Porcupine Tree, Yanni, and Vangelis, this show will be something truly unique, compelling & captivating! The band will also play one soundtrack cover (in violin rock!) after each original song from their album. Expect Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones, The Exorcist, Start Wars and Ghost Busters! BOOK NOW


BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA + ALASKAN PIPELINE, Wed 20th July, 7.30pm, The Art House, Southampton. An evening of ethereal, hooky, musical landscapes, both haunting and enchanting, to mountain-like walls of sound using ancient synthesisers, electronic drums, acoustic, electric and bowed guitars, creating vast energetic symphonic climaxes. “Beautiful and powerful. Blackheart’s music is inspiring.” – Steve Hackett, Genesis BOOK NOW


We are delighted to welcome Goswell and Milne, guest chefs, back for an evening of Summertime food, music and excellent company. Expect unusual combinations of flavours and an adventure with every bite – using the highest quality organic & local ingredients, lovingly prepared from scratch. BOOK NOW


Be chilled by the Queens of Victorian horror fiction with our latest theatrical portmanteau of vintage blood-curdlers! This original stage thriller features all-new adaptations of The Yellow Wallpaper, The Old Nurse’s Story and John Charrington’s Wedding. Allow the ghouls of the nineteenth-century to crawl from their crypts, as we show how the female of the species can be even deadlier than the male… The show is presented by Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company, the British Empire’s finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein! 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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