Covid update Monday 3 August

The Art House is continuing to offer online events, including live music streamed from our House to yours in August, food deliveries and kerbside collections and a community pantry with pay-as-you-feel groceries and chilled meals.

We will be pausing food deliveries and collections and our pantry for the first week of August to allow us to rearrange the downstairs space into a multi-purpose, accessible, socially distanced, well ventilated venue area for small performances, workshops and community café events.

Our first live streamed gig from the venue itself will happen on 8 August (without an in-person audience, of course) – see links below for details.

Our first live streamed gig from the venue itself will happen on 8 August (without an in-person audience, of course) – see links below for details.

The plan is to run community cafés on Saturdays with bookable indoor and outdoor seating with maximum social distancing and staggered arrival times to minimise risk. We will update on this next week!

We will continue to operate strict 2m social distancing and no contact kerbside deliveries and collections, too.

The Art House is a mask-positive space and we invite our community to state their boundaries, concerns and requirements clearly so that we can all keep safe and learn how to navigate this pandemic together.

As always, we acknowledge and respect the diversity of our community and how this impacts on differing needs and levels of lockdown for each of us. Our aim is to support people to stay at home as much as possible, but gradually, as far as it is safe, to provide somewhere trusted and well managed to spend time with each other.

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:

https://www.thearthousesouthampton.uk/

Coming to an online gig:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-art-house-southampton-gallery-cafe-and-venue-324975012

Joining our Patreon Community:

https://www.patreon.com/thearthouse

Or simply make a one-off donation of any amount, even the cost of a coffee!

https://thearthousesouthampton.org/donate/

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Update for the last week of July

Jani here – another week of this weird time done. This week we:

Ran three online streamed shows to a total of 114 households.

Fed 21 households in Southampton and Totton with our deliveries of meals, including some paid forward meals.

Distributed food in our community pantry on Wednesday and Saturday.

Had a small number of kerbside customers on Saturday including two regulars who sat outside! At a table! Whoop!

Had a generous donation of £100 from one regular who we haven’t seen since early March (you know who you are and we miss you sooooo much).

Had our directors AGM (very quick and distanced of course) to sign some accounts – and met our accountant.

Bik has been valiantly filling in the funding application for the emergency funding for music venues from the Arts Council, with Jacqs helping with the figures for this. Wish us luck.

Jani & Ziggy harvested some beans and herbs from the allotment, these went into one of our dishes on Saturday. Yums.

On Friday the government announced a delay to reopening performances, we had not put any plans in place to start performances with audiences yet and agree with this decision. It’s too soon 😞

Next week is our very first live stream from the House!

I’m going to add some links in the comments to things I have talked about here if you want to find out more, watch a livestream, order food, donate or get involved.

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Community Pantry

We have recently started a community pantry with food from Fareshare.

Dates for the pantry are:

Saturday 24 July 12-3pm alongside our Kerbside collection.

Groceries, chilled meals and pay-as-you-feel takeaway and smoothies.

Wednesday 28 July 12-3pm

Veggies, fruit, bread and non-perishables.

All on a pay-as-you-feel basis, cashless payment preferred if you can for safety.

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Jani here:

Have made a LOT of food and stocked up the community fridge. The meal was a bit of a challenge with random veggies and fruit, but I think it came out well, a veg curry of brocolli, butternut squash, pak choi, kohl rhabi, peppers with a coconut and tomato base, mild spices and fresh coriander. Added some fennel seeds and ginger to give a bit of freshness. Oh and lots of garlic because well. Garlic.

This will be on sale to take away as a hot meal with rice and fresh mango pickle, or as a generous chilled portion to take home.

Collect on Saturday 12-3pm on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

John has made lots of cake and we will have falafel wraps, BBQ boxes, salads and Nachos available too!

Big love to Ziggy for helping chop and clear up too – legend.

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An exciting announcement!

As of this week, our community pantry and fridge is go!

Fareshare are now supplying the pantry and some of our ingredients for meals. This partnership enables us to provide more pay-as-you-feel groceries and tiered priced fresh and chilled meals and takeouts so folks can enjoy a hearty, high quality Art House vegan meal regardless of income.

It’s been a long term dream of ours to make our food and space accessible in this way, weirdly it took the pause during lockdown to help us see a way to do it!

For now the plan is community pantry and pay-as-you-feel lunches to go on Saturdays 12-3pm and community pantry (mostly veg, fruit, bread and other perishables) on Wednesday 12-4pm. We are still doing food deliveries on Fridays, too.

We don’t ask for proof of income or the reason you need the nosh, it’s about sharing what we have as a community. For now we have a space, a kitchen, helpers and the ability to do this.

Huge thanks also to our Patreon community who support us month to month and make projects like this possible!

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Our first tentative steps to reopening and the safety measures we have today

Update on our first kerbside collection today – it was steady and chilled, we sold out of the food we’d made and had a lovely time, it was so good to see some of our regulars after a 4 month closure! We will be back next week, food for sale out the front again. If infection rates locally continue to be low, we will trial bookable outdoor tables the week after. Slowly and carefully we go.

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Covid-19 and reopening update

#Covid update:

The Art House is mainly a performance and arts venue and we are awaiting restrictions being lifted on indoor performance events and remaining closed. We are risk assessing and speaking to our community groups about when and how we restart these.

Consulting with our regulars, volunteers and groups, feedback is that folks do not feel safe coming out to public indoor spaces yet, and we agree that it is too soon to know how reopening nationally will impact the spread of Covid-19. For us, the safety, wellbeing and lives of our people are the most important consideration, tough as it is to be closed to the public.

In the meantime, we continue to support people to #stayhome as much as possible with our food to go deliveries, paid-forward meals for folks on low income and by-donation online events to keep people entertained and connected.

From 18 July you will be able to do curbside collection of our delicious meals to go, starting with a Saturday service and expanding as demand and safety allows.

Summer is traditionally a quieter time for us, so we want to take the next period of time to repurpose and remodel The Art House whilst the building is closed to the public.

We’ve been cleaning, clearing and rearranging and have plans to set up live music streams from our space as soon as this is safe to do.

Our community is going to need our space in the months and years ahead, especially given the ongoing pandemic and the economic and social impact it is having on everyone.

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:

https://www.thearthousesouthampton.uk/

Coming to an online gig:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-art-house-southampton-gallery-cafe-and-venue-324975012

Joining our Patreon Community:

https://www.patreon.com/thearthouse

Or simply make a one-off donation of any amount, even the cost of a coffee!

https://thearthousesouthampton.org/donate/

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Update 9 July 2020

An update: we are going to have food to collect next Saturday! A step towards letting people back in, we are still proceeding cautiously for the safety of our crew, volunteers and customers but moving towards opening our doors once more.

Good news about funding for arts organisations including smal venues, we are working with the Music Venue Trust to apply for support to allow us to run socially distanced gigs with live streaming, a kind of hybrid between what we did before and during lockdown. We also are waiting on government guidelines on setting up our space for audiences and performers.

Lots going on behind the scenes to rearrange, clear out old things we don’t need and plan for the future.

These times are uncertain and we know a lot of you are still shielding, self isolating and staying home (thank you!) so whatever we do, we want to support that and not push or rush to open for the sake of it.

We do really miss you though. Take care, stay well and safe – lots of love from all of us ❤️

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Week ‘off’ clear out and hopeful news

Last week was a good chance for a proper clear out – thanks Devin for rehoming furniture and crockery/kitchenware to folks who needed it and John for sorting the basement and kitchen! We feel ready for a new month and a new start now 🙂

Good news last night about funding for arts venues has lifted our spirits. We are waiting on safety guidelines and dates for reopening venues now, in the meantime food deliveries are go for this week and we’re starting food collections next weekend 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Keeping on keeping on folks. Sending you all love ❤️❤️❤️

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John with the mad cellar clearing skills
Space in the cellar wahoo!

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An update on re-opening

An Art House update:

Although pubs, cafes etc have been given the go-ahead to open from 4 July, we will continue with our delivery service and online events for the time being.

We are primarily a performance venue and community meeting space and neither of these activities are permitted under the new guidelines, which prohibit performances and don’t allow groups from different households to sit together.

Our aim continues to be to support people to #stayhome as much as possible with our food to go and online events.

We are reviewing our ‘Art House To Go’ menu next week and planning a collection service from mid July so you can drop by and fetch food to take away, no contact and outside only for now.

Summer is traditionally a quieter time for us, so we want to take the next 6-8 weeks to repurpose and remodel The Art House.

That was our plan at the end of our fundraiser back in February, so we are going to go ahead and re-vision! Our community is going to need our space in the months and years ahead, especially given the ongoing pandemic, and we want to be here for you.

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:

https://www.thearthousesouthampton.uk/

Coming to an online gig:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-art-house-southampton-gallery-cafe-and-venue-324975012

Joining our Patreon Community:

https://www.patreon.com/thearthouse

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