Regular event spotlight: Art House on Board

Regular event spotlight: The Art House on Board, next one is Tuesday 1 October

A friendly and informal monthly group on the first Tuesday of each month for board-game fans.

Time: 6.30 – 10pm
(drop in between these times)
You are encouraged to bring your own games or just join in with the ones others have brought along.
If there’s something you fancy trying, ask and see if someone can bring it.
If there’s something you’ve got, but don’t know if enough others are keen, again you can ask here.
We have a mix of games, from well-known ones like Monopoly, Risk and Scrabble, to less familiar ones that others may not have played before; from quick-and-simple to long-and-epic, there should be something for everyone. What gets played depends on what’s brought along and what people feel like playing.
The definition of ‘board’ is pretty broad, so feel free to bring card-and dice-based games too – but not role-playing games as such (you know, Dungeons and Dragons etc); the aim’s to play things that can be completed in an evening. If you’re bringing something that takes a while to set up (like some of the Cthulhu-themed games), feel free to turn up a little bit earlier so you can start at 7. Hope that all sounds splendid!
Cost: This event is by ‘Magic Hat’ donation – we suggest £3 as a guide amount.
Your donations are truly important and deeply appreciated, but the intention is that no one ever miss this lovely group meetup if they are short of funds – so please never allow financial hardship to keep you away.
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Regular event spotlight: Book Club

Regular event spotlight: The Art House book club

All kinds of book lovers welcome on the first Wednesday of each month from 7.30 – 9.30pm

The only pre-requisite is that you like reading! This is a chance to get together with others who share your passion for literature, meet new people and eat good cake.
To find out what this month’s book is, pop over and join the Facebook group (or if you aren’t on Facebook, join our email list via the form at the bottom of this page).
Each month, we pick a title out of the ones that get suggested and meet again in a month to give feedback.

Past titles have included:
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
The Book of Fires – Jane Borodale
Travels with my Aunt – Graham Greene
Various Pets Dead & Alive – Marina Lewycka
(As you can see, it’s quite a mix!)

All welcome, new members too, even if you haven’t read this month’s book!

We ask that you give a suggested donation of £3 to go towards the running of The Art House when you come, if you can.

Join the Facebook group for updates on books for each month and meetups here:

Book Club

Book Club

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A message from Marilyn, who leaves on Sunday :(


A message from Marilyn, our kitchen co-ordinator who is due to leave on Sunday 😦 

“It’s my last week at the beloved Art House as Daniel Russell-White and I prepare for our overland adventure around the world. 💜 It will be emotional to leave this beautiful place that has changed my life for the better! 🥰

So, during the days that I’m here I will make it a point to create as many new, delectable delights as I possibly can! ✌️😁

Today I made a new Middle Eastern style salad and a new Toffee Apple Cake, along with other regular goodies we make in this amazing kitchen. 🤤 If you’re around the Soton area, come in and try some! 😘

With gratitude,

Marilyn “

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New event on our calendar – Apostate Social

New event on our calendar: Apostate Social with Faith to Faithless Saturday 28 September 2 – 4pm

“We know how isolating and confusing it can be to leave high control religions, and our socials are a fantastic way to meet new people in a relaxed setting.

Come along to our informal gathering from 14:00–16:00 and chat with like-minded people; share ideas, talk religion, history, exchange stories, or socialise! Whether your background was Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Hindu, or Christian, everyone is welcome. You do not have to have left religion to join us. All ages welcome too.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and volunteers, socials are free of charge to attend, we only ask you to support the cafe and buy a drink and perhaps a slice of cake! This event will be hosted by Faith to Faithless volunteer Veronika Eles.”

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Our new Art House Wish list

Sitting in the café having lunch, I was struck with how silly it would be to order or buy some whiteboard markers that we need right now, when I am sure someone out there has some they aren’t using and would be willing to donate to The Art House. As the reality of Climate Change is finally hitting home for many, everyday waste is becoming more and more difficult to abide by for some, including us. Whilst we have always sought to reduce, reuse and recycle, we haven’t ever published a wishlist – rather with ingenuity, sought out second hand furniture and unwanted art consumables to stock our crafty coffers.

However seeing as our community often ask how they can best help us, we thought it was a good idea to share some of the little day to day things we are looking for, as well as the bigger things that we need – we know it’s unlikely someone will have a freestanding kitchen wash basin going spare in their shed, but one never knows!

Here’s a link to the Wish List!

Have a great weekend,

Devin @ The Art House

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The Art House Summer Fundraising milestone is SO close!

I thought I’d let you know that we are really close to a fundraising milestone today!

As it is the end of the month, we are hoping you can help us get over this hurdle and closer to our target.

Our fundraiser currently stands at £9362


The final target we need to reach by Autumn is a whopping £25,000 and right now that seems quite far away. Getting over the £10,000 mark would really help us right now and set us on our way to the next milestone of £15,000 and then £20,00

Every year we have set an ambitious amount, knowing how much we need to help us through the quiet season, and every year our community has come through – but each time it is still quite a white knuckle ride!

So we invite you to be a part of this year’s success story by donating whatever you can. There are a few ways you can do this:

A simple PayPal link which lets you donate using your own PayPal account

A PayPal link that allows you to use a card to pay if you don’t have a PayPal account. You can also use this link if you want to make your donation a regular monthly one!

Send us a bank transfer to:
The Art House Southampton
Sort code 089299
Account no. 65287334, (The Co-operative Bank)

Post a cheque payable to ‘The Art House Southampton’
to 178 Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DW

Or just pop in in person with old fashioned cash!

However much you can give, it all adds up – we have raised the amount we have so far from donations ranging from £2 to £200

If you can’t help financially, we understand and invite you to share our fundraising page on Facebook or Twitter.

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Summer SOS for The Art House!

People visiting Southampton often say how much they love The Art House and how they wish there was something like us in their city.
40041793_10157120506165769_8653978721956397056_nSo, why isn’t there?

Frankly – cafes are a high risk business at the best of times, and making ethical and creative choices rather than financial ones makes it all the more difficult.

That is why we always knew that we were going to need to do more than sell cakes and coffees to keep going, and why we’ve managed to beat the 1 year, 2 year, 5 year and 10 year records for our industry, making us a bit of a rare unicorn as a cafe, much less a community-run, veggie one.

We did this by asking for help when we needed it.

Summertime is a quiet time for us, as many of the kind of folks who like The Art House are also people who like festivals, travelling, walking, picnicking, gardening and being outdoors. We also have about 15% of our custom from students, who go home for the summer.

Every time the weather improves, our cafe takings nosedive – it has been this way for 13 summers now.

This year, we managed to stave off the slump for longer with all sorts of creative moneymaking ideas, but the past three weeks have been, frankly, not good.

We need to make up our shortfall for August so that we can stride rather than limp into the Autumn season.

This is where you come in.

Our summer fundraising target for this year is a whopping £25K and we have raised nearly £9K of it already. We need this week to get more money flowing in, as the bills are starting to pile up.

Donate now using PayPal or click here for other ways to donate

If you can help, please do – any amount, no matter how small, helps us and encourages us as this time of year is quite emotionally taxing for our crew.

Everything you put in will be used directly, today, to pay a vital bill and keep our doors open. We promise to spend your money wisely and frugally!

Donating today will make you a part of another summer success story, and when you see our amazing events programme you will know that you, personally, were a part of making that happen.

If you can’t help financially, we understand and invite you to share our fundraising page on Facebook or Twitter.

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Summer fundraiser update

sundaes2Summer is the usual rollercoaster here as we do some fundraising to cover our quiet season alongside doing events, vegan shakes and sundaes and some gorgeous cakes.

People often ask why we need to fundraise as well as running the cafe and this is a good question we like to talk about 🙂

Our space has always been primarily for art and community, and we make our decisions based on what is best to serve these two aims, as well as a strong focus on environmentalism and social progress.

aimee_eggThroughout history, meeting spaces and ‘common place’ has been crucial to positive social change, and we work in our own small way to be a part of that story.

What that means is that, in a very competitive (increasingly so as more and more food and drink outlets open in the city) market, we often have to make the ethical decision that isn’t necessarily the one that brings in the most cash.

All through our nearly 13 year history, we have been supported by donations from our community and we usually focus on this during the summer months, when events and the cafe become a little quieter.

Our target this year is an ambitious £25,000 worth of donations and we have raised:


This is awesome but we still have £16780.35 to go!

Please donate now to help us reach our target – any amount adds to the total, if everyone on this mailing list chipped in between £3 and £5, we would be there in no time.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far – we have a very special invitation to an exclusive event heading to you in the next few days, keep an eye on your inbox!

If you don’t wish to use PayPal, please click here for other ways to donate


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What’s on guides Aug – Oct 2019 are ready

Our printable what’s on guide is here for August – October – print yours out here

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The Art House needs YOU!

We are current low on regular weekly volunteers and are doing a shout out for people to join our crew.


Do you want to be involved in on-the ground grassroots activism that has a direct, positive and quantifiable impact on the local community? This is your opportunity to get involved with The Art House!


What does it involve?


We won’t lie – there’s a lot of washing up and cleaning! But we also provide barista training, till training and food prep training – if you volunteer in the kitchen you will get the opportunity to learn more about vegan cooking and be privy to our magic recipes. You will also get to meet lots of lovely people!


When /how often do I need to be free?


Whilst we are very flexible in terms of working times and regularity, shifts tend to be 4 hours long and we absolutely adore when people can commit to a regular weekly shift as this really helps us out! However we understand this isn’t possible for everyone – but we do ask that you come a minimum of twice a month, unless you’re specifically unable to for a short period.


Having volunteers enables us to buy and operate ethically – by using organic, local and fairtrade products – whilst preventing the exploitation of people, animals and planet without passing the cost on to our community.  This keeps us accessible to as many people as possible without compromising our values.


We aim to have 65 active volunteers on our team, as we have 62 individual shifts to fill a week across the kitchen and café. We currently have 31 volunteers so we are a bit thin on the ground!

If you would like to find out more and apply, please fill in the form below:

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