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)


chaWk is Holly Barnett on drums, Cait Sullivan on bass and backing vocals, Aaron Lewns on lead guitar, keyboard and backing vocals, and Charlie Hawkins on rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Their sound is Pink Floyd meets Florence + The Machine meets Nina Simone. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Frosted Glass is an independent feature written by Anthony Fairweather, an award-winning poet and performance artist, whose poetry helped psychiatrist Dr Sheila Dawson (NHS Leicestershire, UK) diagnose him with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 26. It has so far been taking film festivals by storm, having been selected for the Vault Film Festival in London, the Frostbite Film Festival in the USA and the International Independent Film Awards where it won a Silver Medal. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Nathan Ball is quite simply an extraordinarily talented songwriter. His beautifully written, self-penned songs reveal the humanity of a man who sings about the world as it is – and how he’d like it to be. A highly skilled guitarist, his use of open tunings and intricate, finger-picking style make every note from his acoustic guitar shine. 

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)

Follow @TheArtHouseCafe on Twitter and find us on Facebook, too