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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Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce three of the best acoustic musical talent around. The format is ‘in the round’ with all three performers on stage together, taking it in turns, one song at a time. This month’s Monkeys are: Rob Docherty, Tom Martin & Mike Wright. 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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In a one-off event, The Art House in Southampton has invited Lexi Wolfe (The Witch In The Woods / Mrs Oscar Wilde) to perform her debut of a project of passion – The Storyteller. Fascinated with campfire and bardic stories, especially those with a Pagan twist, she has created a relaxed show wherein she can share traditional stories as well as her own. Please do join her for a very bardic affair! DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Oi Sunshine – Heated yarns of Sun Goddesses and Gods! The golden haired Goddesses and Gods of the sun are blessed with beauty and brilliance, literally above all others. But being a solar deity is not all sweetness and light, there are responsibilities: corn to be grown, fruit to be ripened, and other agricultural and social duties, not to mention constant vigilance against the demons of darkness. 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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Consisting of members of the University of Southampton Folk Society, The Threepenny Bit – Folk and Ceilidh Band 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 DISCOVER MORE & BOOK

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Double bassist Rick Foot returns to the Art House to launch his six track EP Songs of Idiocy and Expedience, the follow-up to last year’s Rain Machine. Support will be from the wonderful Rob Holt, aka Eyes Like The Sky.
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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