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)


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. DISCOVER MORE


We are very excited to welcome back soulful vocalist and innovative keyboardist, US singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage to play for you. She has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 150+ dates a year with her band The Sequins. She has earned a loyal following for her infectious melodies, poetic lyrics, and often-outrageous, colorful stage banter. She is a truly delightful person with an incredible presence.. so you must come and hear and meet her! BOOK HERE


Adam: Layers of warm guitar fuse with icy ambiance on songs that are oblique and personal. Jimmy: His band, Submariner, hem together ambient indie rock, emotive lyricism and an organic flair for earworm melodies. BOOK HERE


Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


“Jack … I will give you and your descendants good lives … but you must return to me in two thousand years and bring me their stories, carried down the ages, in your blood.” DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Inspired by testing on Jason’s ancestral DNA, the journey starts with Jacobus, a young Greek boy, growing up in Roman Italy, and follows his descendants as they migrate across borders, nations and centuries, to the present day. Each story is an original piece, using mythologies of the times and regions, across the nations and across the ages. 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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