Sunday 31 May update #covid19 #lockdown

The Art House doors won’t be opening again until it is safe to open.

Our aim at the present moment is to empower and support people to #stayhome as much as possible by bringing meals, entertainment and connection from our house to yours.

We are exploring ways of running a food collection service in the future and of streaming live streaming gigs from our premises. We are part of a campaign to pedestrianise Above Bar Street so we could perhaps have tables outside with social distancing.

We do none of this without careful planning and thought and we will not be rushed. We do not want to play any part in a resurgence of this virus, so any steps towards reopening will be done with our crew (some of whom are medically vulnerable) and our community safety as the leading priority.

We long to reopen, we miss you all so much, when we reopen we want everyone to be alive and well to return to us – that means waiting for now. The virus is still out there, there is no vaccine, there is no reliable treatment, people are still dying and some people are very poorly.

Looking ahead, the feedback we have had on how online gigs and deliveries have reached people not usually able to access The Art House has really made us think about how we extend beyond our four walls (if we still have them) when all social distancing measures are no longer needed.

Our future planning will include live streams and food to go. We also want to keep the tiered pricing / pay it forward / pay as you feel aspect of our lockdown phase.

We want to let this pandemic change us in good ways to serve our community better. “Something good will come of this” – as our friend Henry Baroche sings.

You can support The Art House during this phase of our story by……

Ordering Art House To Go or paying forward some food for other people:

Coming to an online gig:

Joining our Patreon Community:

Watch Henry and friends here:

About janifranck

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