What’s on and opening times for the Christmas period

Christmas opening
We will be open on Christmas Eve from 12 – 4pm for ‘Magic Hat’ mince pies, soup, hot drinks and mulled wine.  Everything by donation, very relaxed and as far from the madness of the high street as we can muster.  Do join us (there will be no Christmas music playing, we promise, just a cosy and relaxed space).

We will be CLOSED from 25 – 30 December and on New Years Day to give our crew a rest.

Special Events

31 December New Years Eve Carnavalito, Samba Party! From 8pm
Join us for a Carnavalito with Samba music from Bat2K, DJs, food, drinks and more. 
Tickets £6 – FREE to volunteers and Friends of The Art House cardholders. 

SATURDAY 10 December 7.30 – 10.30pm   Midnight Iris Cabaret & Burlesque fundraiser
We welcome the magnificent Midnight Iris for a night of magical cabaret!  Details to follow on our website nearer the time.  Suggested £3 – £5

The Art House 

WEDNESDAY 15 December 7.30 – 10pm Tales of Hampshire & the Isle of Wight FUNDRAISER
With Storyteller Michael O’Leary   Suggested £3 – 4

FRIDAY 9 December 7 – 10pm  Christmas ‘Bizarre’ – Handmade, local, recycled crafts
Browse our Boutique and local craft stalls, enjoy a mulled wine away from the high street crowds.

WEDNESDAY 30 November, 8 – 10pm Exposure Filmmakers Group special event
The group will be setting out into the city to create a short film.  All welcome!  Suggested £2.

Thursday 1 December, 6 – 7pm
Volunteering Information Session
If you’re thinking you may like to join our crew, why not come along and enjoy a cuppa, a tour of The Art House and a brief presentation on how we work?  All welcome! 

Regular Events

Every WEDNESDAY, 12.30 – 1.30pm Le Café des Amis French Language Café

(last one of the year 14 December, join les amis for a Christmas lunch)

For all levels, come and enjoy speaking French over lunch or a cuppa!  Suggested £2. 

Every WEDNESDAY, 6.30 – 7.30pm BSL (British Sign Language) Café with Tony
Also known as ‘Tony’s Comedy Hour’ – all levels welcome!  Suggested £2. 

Every FRIDAY, 11am – 1pm Knitter Natter with Bev
Bring along your knitting, sewing or crochet project to work on over a cuppa.
Suggested £2-3, no booking required, just drop in.

FRIDAY 25 November 7.30 – 10.30pm Moving Voices Poetry Café
Open mic for spoken word & music.  Suggested £3 – £5, no booking required but please arrive early to ensure a good seat.  Supper available from 7pm.

SATURDAY 26 November, 3 – 5pm Stammtisch German Café with Marie
Practice and chat in German over a drink!  All levels of ability welcome. Suggested £2

SUNDAY 27 November, 2 – 5pm
From Thee and Thou to Here and Now – Let’s Try Poetry with Matt

TUESDAY 29 November, 7.30 – 10pm Drum Tech
Explore hand drumming technique with Pav of Rhythms of the Earth Tribe, drums available or bring your own.  £8.50 per person.  Booking recommended.

WEDNESDAY 30 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm
“Write On” Writers Group with RuthFor people who enjoy writing to share ideas and inspiration, there are some topics and exercises, as well as lots of time to chat and write.  Suggested £3.

The Art House
WEDNESDAY 30 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Life Drawing evening session £6 per person.

THURSDAY 1 December, 7.30 – 9.30pm Let’s Try Origami with Brenda
Come fold with us!  Suggested £3 – £5, no booking required.

THURSDAY 1 December, 8 – 10.30pm Southampton Story Club

Tellers and listeners welcome.  Suggested £3.  No booking required, supper available from 7.30pm.

THURSDAY 1 December, 7.30 – 9.30pm Let’s Try Photography with Marie

A chance to share skills, inspirations, ideas and projects.  Not your ordinary camera club – all welcome even if you just have a camera phone and love to be creative with it!  Suggested £3.

WEDNESDAY 7 December, 7 – 8pm Southampton Animal Action
Campaigning non-violently against all forms of animal abuse and exploitation in around Southampton and seeks to educate the public about how to lead a more cruelty free lifestyle.

WEDNESDAY 7 December, 7.30pm – 9.30pm SouthHackton
For makers, circuit benders, hackers and tinkerers.  Suggested £2. 

WEDNESDAY 7 December, 7.30pm – 9.30pm The Art House Book Club
Come and chat to likeminded people who love reading.  For this month’s book, see our website.

WEDNESDAY 14 December, 6 – 8pm Stitch ‘n Bitch
Bring your sewing or knitting!  Suggested £2.

WEDNESDAY 14 December, 7.30 – 9.30pm Poetry Stanza group
For constructive feedback on poetry in progress, bring 8 copies of your poem, a pen and an open mind. Contact stanza@thearthousesouthampton.co.uk    Suggested £3.

FRIDAY 16 December, 8 – 10.30pm Three Monkeys presents ‘One More Round’Three local singer songwriters, one stage, lots of excellent music in the intimate setting of our first floor gallery.  Please see our website for details. Suggested £3.  No booking required.  Doors open 7.30

SATURDAY 17 December, 3.30 – 5pm  Let’s Try English Folk Fiddle with Cath

Run by Cath Watkins of local band ‘Jigfoot’, this group is suitable for all levels.            
 Suggested £4. Booking advised.

FRIDAY 23 December 7.30 – 10.30pm Moving Voices Poetry Café
Open mic for spoken word & music.  Suggested £3 – £5, no booking required but please arrive early to ensure a good seat.  Supper available from 7pm.

SUNDAY 11 December, 12 – 4pm Edgeworld Record Stall
Our monthly visit from Edgeworld Records of Brighton selling vinyl and CDs.  Lots of music you won’t find anywhere else, some of it quite bonkers.

TUESDAY 6 December, 7.30 – 10pm Drum Tech
Explore hand drumming technique with Pav of Rhythms of the Earth Tribe, drums available or bring your own.  £8.50 per person.  Booking recommended.

SUNDAY 20 November , 18 December 12.30 – 5pm Life Drawing session
An untutored session for those who want to draw in peace! £13.50 per person.   Booking essential. 

Booking:- Most of our events don’t require booking unless we’ve said so, but it is always helpful to know who is coming.   To book, email info@thearthousesouthampton.co.uk – visit our ‘what’s on’ page on the website, email us, pop in or telephone 023 80238582.  Please note we don’t have a box office or full-time office staff, so be aware we can’t always answer the phone when the café is busy.
For general information on events at The Art House, including Terms & Conditions, please see here

About arthousesouthampton

The Art House is a not-for-profit café, gallery and arts venue in the centre of Southampton. We are a place you can meet new people, meet up with friends or just come in by yourself. Our licensed café offers delicious organic lunches, Fairtrade tea and homemade cake. We also have a busy programme of events, workshops, and art exhibitions, a clothing and crafts boutique and lots more. Most of our crew are volunteers and you might even want to apply to join them. Come along and enjoy our unique, community run space.
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