Printable what’s on guide for January – April 2020

We’ve prepared our printable what’s on guide for January – April 2020
Download it here

Special events at a glance

Saturday 1 Feb, SALON! Art, poetry, performance & music showcase
In our first floor gallery, tickets £3/5 suggested donation on door

Thursday 6 Feb, Southampton Story Club Epic Night, 7.30pm
Heads and Tales Storytellers present the Arabian Nights, £6 on the door

Saturday 8 Feb, Lunatraktors and Foot/Long, 7.30pm
Quirky percussive folk in our upstairs gallery, tickets from £6.60

Friday 14 Feb, Dark Heart: Valentine Noire Jason Buck & Ravenna Grimm
Dark love stories and burlesque in our first floor gallery, tickets from £13.50

Tuesday 19 Feb, The Art of the Final Farewell with Helen Corvus, 7.30pm
Play Dead – an exhibition and quiz, tickets from £6

Friday 21 Feb, Mighty Weiners gourmet vegan hot dogs pop up, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Come and enjoy delicious vegan hot dogs in our downstairs cafe

Thursday 27 Feb, Professor Elemental’s Tales of Wrong, 7.30pm
Silly Steampunk song and chap-hop from the Prof, tickets from £18

Wednesday 4 Mar, Daff Workshops – Papercutting and Paper customisation, 7pm
Art workshop in our first floor gallery, £15

Saturday 14 Mar, Hunting Hearts + Brasher, 7.30pm
Queer punk / Rock ‘n Roll / tickets from £5.05

Wednesday 18 Mar, The Art of the Final Farewell with Helen Corvus, 7.30pm
Creative funeral planning and death chat, tickets from £6

Saturday 28 Mar, Samuel Moore + Will McNicol,
Powerful, melodic flamenco & acoustic guitar, see online for ticket details

Friday 3 Apr, An Evening with Sophie Labelle, 7.30pm
Engaging chat with the creator of ‘Assigned Male’ comics, tickets from £5.50

Saturday 4 April, SALON! Art, poetry, performance & music showcase
In our first floor gallery, tickets £3/5 suggested donation on door

Friday 10 Apr, BR James, 7.30pm
Piano playing and vocal storytelling, tickets available online

Wednesday 15 Apr, The Art of the Final Farewell with Helen Corvus, 7.30pm
Creative funeral planning and death chat, tickets from £6

Saturday 25 Apr, The Pearly Queen Cabaret, 7.30pm
Cabaret and bursleque, tickets available online

More events are always being added so take a look at our Facebook page to keep up to date.

Regular events at a glance

The Art House on Board, 6.30pm, first Tuesday monthly, by donation

Le Café des Amis French language café 12.30 – 1.30pm every week, by donation
In informal, friendly language cafe held in our first floor gallery space.
Crafty café drop-in, 3 – 6pm every Wednesday, by donation
Join in with weekly themes or bring your own projects to work on, in our ground floor cafe space.
Book Club, 7.30 – 9pm, first Wednesday monthly, by donation
Share your love of reading and discuss the book of the month, on our first floor.
Poetry Stanza group, 7.30 – 9.30pm first Wednesday monthly, by donation
Bring 8 copies of your poem to discuss and get feedback, in our ground floor cafe.
Exposure Film Makers group, 8 – 10pm last Wednesday, by donation
Film makers, actors etc networking group, usually in our ground floor cafe.
Southampton Queer Collective monthly meet, 7 -10pm, last Wednesday
Friendly social for all LGBTQ+people and friends, in our ground floor cafe.

Southampton Story Club, 7.30 – 10pm, first Thursday monthly, by donation
Storytellers and listeners welcome, on our first floor.
Caffi Gymreig Welsh Language Cafe, 11am – 12.30pm 2nd Thursday monthly
All levels welcome, small and friendly group held on our first floor.
Photography group, 7.30 – 9.30pm, third Thursday monthly, by donation
Share your love of photography and creative ideas for projects, usually in our ground floor cafe.

Gigs in the Gallery most Friday evenings – see website for details
Moving Voices poetry & song open mic, 7.30pm, last Friday monthly,
suggested donation £5/£3

Live acoustic music in our downstairs café most Saturdays 1 – 3pm
Gigs in the Gallery most Saturday evenings – see website for details

Live acoustic music in our downstairs café most Sundays 1 – 5pm
Poetry, writing, drawing and other workshops on Sunday afternoons,
various dates – see website for details

The cafe is open as usual during all events
* Where events are starred, dates or times may be different for some sessions this season
– see calendar for changes. Check for events during the Christmas and summer periods as some

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What’s coming up at The Art House – winter 2020

Friday 10 January
March, Cat Eliza T & Hayley McDonnell

Saturday 11 January
Nick Tann and band + support
Live music, doors 7.30pm, show start 8pm, tickets available here

Wednesday 15 January 2020
The Travelling Talesman presents: The Ones that Got Away
Storytelling, doors 7.30pm, show starts 8pm, tickets available here

Saturday 18 January
Jaz Delorean (Tankus the Henge) Solo
Live music, doors 7.30pm, show 8pm, tickets available here

Friday 24 & Saturday 25 January
Jason Buck presents: Dark Norse SOLD OUT

Saturday 1 February
Click here for Facebook event

Thursday 6 February
Heads & Tales Storytellers presents: The Arabian Nights
An epic night with nine storytellers, doors 7.30pm, £6 on the door

Saturday 8 February
Lunatraktors & Foot / Long
Live music, doors 7.30pm, show 8pm, tickets available here

Friday 14 February
Jason Buck presents: Valentine Noire – Dark Heart stories and burlesque
Doors 7.30pm, show starts 8pm, tickets available here

Friday 21 February
Mighty Weiners gourmet vegan hot hog pop-up
7pm – 9.30pm

Thursday 27 February
Professor Elemental’s Tales of Wrong
Comedy/music, doors 7.30pm, show starts 8pm, tickets available here

Sunday 1 March
Southampton Seed Swap
12 – 4.30pm – more details here

Saturday 14 March
Hunting Hearts & BRASHER
Live music, doors 7.30pm, show 8pm, tickets available here

Friday 3 April
An evening with Sophie LaBelle
Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm, tickets on sale here

Wednesday 6 May
Rob Gee presents: Death, a Romantic Comedy
One man theatre, doors 7.30pm, show starts 8pm, tickets available here

Thursday 28 May
Paul Richards presents: Harvey Greenfield is Running Late
One man theatre, doors 7.30pm, show starts 8pm, tickets available here

Posted in Community news & views, what's on

What’s on guide for January – March 2020

I’ve just finished the What’s on guide for the next three months whoop!

Download the printable version here

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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 “

Posted in Behind the scenes, Community news & views, Uncategorized

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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