Summer Fundraising gigs programme

We are currently working towards our summer fundraising target of £10000 and some of our friends have offered to perform here to support us and add to the total!  Throughout August, ending on 1 September, we have a programme of fundraising gigs happening at The Art House.

You can also donate directly to our fundraiser anytime here.

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The Colourful Adventures of Merciful Grace (and Bob)

Steampunk creation Merciful Grace the mechanical maid invites you into a secret part of her life. You’ll meet her lifelong companion Bob the ‘not evil’ manbot, and watch as he sets in motion a very cunning plan, all because he wants her to stretch out her visits from 59 seconds exactly. Including a cast of steampunk inspired Bob’s. Sing-a-long ukulele songs and robot humour. No robots will be harmed in the performance, but we can’t vouch for the humans. I hope you like ukeleles.

This performance is child and grandparent-friendly and suitable for anyone from the ages of 7 upward. Book here for the colourful adventures! 

Sunday 5 August
Sunday Soul Session fundraiser

Come take some time out with us for some live soulful music.

We welcome you to spend an afternoon with us enjoying some of the Art house bohemia, in a reflective realm of neo soulful tunes, performed by our local talent.

This event is by donation to The Art House summer fund – please give generously! The cafe will be serving a range of organic vegetarian meals as well as super lovely beverages. For this night we have a special offer on for our fundraiser for pre-booked lunch

Thursday 9 August
Nina Rideout – Classical Guitar by candlelight cafe concert 

An intimate evening of solo guitar from Nina Rideout.  Come and relax, have a drink, or eat, to the sweet sounds of the classical guitar – candlelit, as sunset draws in. For this night we have a special offer on for our fundraiser for pre-booked suppers.

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Jason Buck – Storytelling fundraiser

Drawing on traditional favourites and introducing new ideas, Jason’s stories are told in the oldest and best ways – as live performances, for modern audiences and he has performed across the UK and mainland Europe, blending traditional and contemporary motifs, vocal sound effects and pure, unadulterated fantasy. Jason has been a performer most of his adult life, including gurning, comedy and sword swallowing, but his passion lies in stories – there’s nothing like getting lost in a story, the pictures in your head are better than film.  He is also unnecessarily tall and has a memorably large moustache.

An evening of fabulous stories for grown ups (and young adults) to raise money for the Art House. All ticket sales go to the Art House. Jason will be telling some of my favourite (own) stories and one that’s never been told before…   Ages 10+

Saturday 18 August 
Carrie Laythorpe – workshop and comedy cabaret

Carrie is a long time Art House regular, the first musician to perform on our trusty piano back in 2008! She has kindly offered to run a singing workshop followed by a comedy cabaret to raise money for our summer fundraiser.

Carrie performs and teaches many different styles of music, with expert knowledge of musical theatre, she teaches music privately and runs the Show Off choir in Chandlers Ford. The cabaret promises to be high energy, entertaining with audience participation!


Tuesday 21 August 
Chantelle Smith – Folk fundraiser 

While singing has been an ever present element of Chantelle’s life, she is a relative newcomer to the folk world.  Her main area of interest is folk ballads; the telling of a story through the medium of song and it is these that feature strongly in her repertoire.  Chantelle sings a capella, with her shruti box, guitar or with percussion; she’s slowly working on bringing her harp into the set too!  When it comes to ballads, Chantelle focuses on carrying the story across to the audience with instrumentation used to add emphasis and texture.

Tuesday 28 August

Southampton musicians Dave Miatt (guitar and vocals) and Laura Lamb (vocals) are Pegasuses, playing popular songs and folk songs – they have had a busy summer playing all around Southampton including supporting Band of Skulls at the Joiners earlier this year.

All proceeds raised will be donated to The Art House Fundraiser.





About janifranck

Artist, activist, founding director of The Art House in Southampton.
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