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!


Here are some event highlights coming soon..

(There is also a full calendar of events here)

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Music Performance students from Itchen College showcase their talents as solo and duo performers. Come and see a wide range of future stars perform in the intimate setting of The Art House. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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“A Doll’s House”, tells the story of Nora, a young, bubbly, pretty, perfect little house-wife to her controlling, misogynistic husband Torvald. They live happily and comfortably in their perfect bubble with their three beautiful children. Many perceive Nora to be immature, care-free and spoilt, but Nora has a secret. JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT

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Professor Elemental, 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. Sweetchunks band were Formed in 1892 originally as a chorus of ballet dancing penguins, and experimented with early forms of funk (the traditional music of the isle of Man and a form of puff pastry.) DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Set Adrift are a finger-style folk duo featuring two of UK’s best percussive finger-style guitarist/singers. What started off as an idea to collaborate on a few songs aboard a houseboat, ended in a 5 day tour of the River Thames and an album. The result, Set Adrift, was recorded in a 17 hour stint on the boat giving it a raw and organic sound, creaks and all! It is a combination of originals and covers drawing on influences from finger-style, folk and jazz. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Anja McCloskey (The Irrepressibles, Moulettes, Haunted Stereo) is a half-German, half-American singer & accordionist who has produced two albums and toured them in the USA, Canada, UK and Europe. She was awarded the prestigious Musicians Benevolent Fund Emerging Artists award. “Sultry folk, like a Romany gypsy cabaret show” – Q Music // Etao Shin is a weird rock / queerwave band playing unconventional songs with improvised jams, raw delivery & a balance of harmoniousness & noise. Their songs range from afrobeat-inspired odes to immortal light bulbs to free-jazz monologues by invented gods. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Join host/poet Duncan Green in the ‘den of performance’ for an intimate night featuring talented musicians and poets, this month featuring Rob Doherty and Lionheart. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Formerly ‘Hot Feet’ Low Chimes return with a fuller sound, finding influences beyond folk, rock and blues with the introduction of synths, samples and other electronics & a distinct new atmosphere. Layered too are Marianne’s lyrics, inspired by nature and seasonal change; natural images are woven into narratives of new beginnings and letting go of the past. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Sitting at the periphery of jazz and instrumental rock, combining jazz harmony and improvisation with a biting funk-rock edge, Quortl’s music is a highly-charged amalgamation of angular melodies, unpredictable harmony and intriguing rhythms resulting in an exciting aural experience! // TUSK exploit electronic soundscapes, tight rhythms and lyrical melodies, immersing their audience in an intimate and captivating performance like they’ve never heard before. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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As the dark nights of Winter slip away and the green of Spring is waking, Jason brings stories from both sides of the season’s change: The chill of ancient ghosts, and the wonder of nature’s magic and rebirth. There is a second chance to attend on Saturday 29th April DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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GRANT SHARKEY (the guy with double bass and hat – who has given you ‘I’m Sorry To Hear You’re A Racist’, ‘The Power of F*ck’, given a TEDx Talk about playing tricks on people, started his own nation of Ignoramus and released Rupert Murdoch’s ‘secret’ home address in London…in song, over the last 4 and a half years) is trying to be positive in a time when there seems to be little to be positive about. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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As the dark nights of Winter slip away and the green of Spring is waking, Jason brings stories from both sides of the season’s change: The chill of ancient ghosts, and the wonder of nature’s magic and rebirth. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Music Performance students from Itchen College showcase their talents as solo and duo performers. Come and see a wide range of future stars perform in the intimate setting of The Art House. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Martha Tilston presents her new album NOMAD. “Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life” (The Guardian.) With a voice like spider-webbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha has earned a nomination from the BBC for best newcomer and released six albums to date on her own label Squiggly Records building up a large audience worldwide. She also featured on the Zero 7 album ‘Yeah Ghost’. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Music Performance students from Itchen College showcase their talents as solo and duo performers. Come and see a wide range of future stars perform in the intimate setting of The Art House. 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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