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)


‘Lucas and King are a truly exciting young duo emerging from Southampton. Songs of exceptional craft delivered with the spine-tingling, unforgettable voice of Bo Lucas and perfectly judged guitar accompaniment from Hayleigh King.’ DISCOVER MORE and BOOK


Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce three more 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: Huck, Scott Freeman, Tim Cheatle DISCOVER MORE and BOOK


This summer (yes, it’s still summer!) a series of free gigs, performances and family activities will be hosted right at the heart of the Cultural Quarter; Guildhall Square, and we have been asked to take over there from 1PM for a couple of hours on Sat 19th, weather permitting, plus two great gigs downstairs in the cafe at The Art House itself. We welcome Dan O’Farrell, Cat Eliza T, A Ninja Slob Drew Me, in the Cafe, Collinson Batrimons (Ricky Tart), Duncan Green, The Alaskan Pipeline and Fragile Lucy. FIND OUT MORE


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. This is a space where you can use your voice to share what Moves you, or where you can just sit comfortably and be inspired by what’s on offer, there’s no pressure. FIND OUT MORE


“Cure for an Existential Crisis: four folk suites and one song dealing with the crisis of living and the fear of death” is the debut album of singer-songwriter Jelly Cleaver. She combines a unique and virtuosic guitar style with lyrics that evoke the social commentary of Bob Dylan and the poetry of Leonard Cohen. She has often drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchel and Jeff Buckley for the wildness of her vocals and the daring originality of her music.


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 and 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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