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)


The Professor has created a unique neo-Victorian blend of hip hop and comedy, and is the man behind the world’s first steampunk rap album. His music charts subjects such as steam-powered flight, underwater discovery, and nice cups of tea. With a heart of brass and a fine pith helmet, he embodies the Victorian spirit of invention and exploration. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


We have a collection of Southampton’s best and brightest wordsmiths battling it out for a place at the Royal Albert Hall on the 7th of January! Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet. ​She is the 2017 Hammer and Tongue National Slam Champion. Performing across the UK and internationally, Theresa is the co-curator of RAP Party, as well as part of the creative collective SXWKS and also Octavia Women of Color collective. “It must be said that Theresa Lola will soon become one of the most important writers in the UK” – Anthony Anaxagorou. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


For those who *don’t* know him (where have you been?) expect some stunning blues and cajun tunes. featuring Arnie on acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, bouzouki, and vocals. Plus special guest. This event is FREE but will will be passing round a MAGIC HAT for you to pay what you feel, to go to the musicians. Please fold your donations carefully before placing them in the hat. Thank you. JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT


Lively and uplifting folk in the cafe with fantastic Mary Jane to see you into the New Year! Come and celebrate the coming of 2018, and say tutty bye to 2017, with a highly original blend of acoustic & electric psychedelic folk-rock. The music is a very individualistic & varied combination of self-penned & traditional material, with strong Celtic, Eastern & Medieval influences. There will be two performances, interspersed with infectious tunes from DJ Hubert Carpet (AKA Bik!) to round things off all down in the cafe. Upstairs, there will be snacks (expect deliciousness) and cocktails, and a chill-out zone. This will be a ticket-only, child-friendly night, and we won’t be overcrowding the place. DISCOVER MORE & BOOK


Imagine if Richard Cheese seduced all three of the Andrews Sisters…and each had a little Lounge Baby. The Lounge Kittens would be the scandalous loin-product of that sordid affair. This is your chance to hear the Kittens up close and personal in the intimate environment of The Art House. This show is suitable for families (probably!) and will last approx. 45 minutes. 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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