An important change to our Patreon

Our community pantry and community cafe events have become very important services locally since the start of the pandemic. We anticipate that, with the end of the furlough scheme, drop in Universal Credit and rising prices of energy, fuel and food, our community are going to need these services more than ever over the coming year.

We are lucky to currently have 46 Patreon supporters, as well as regular supporters via PayPal and direct to our bank account. We have made the decision to focus all of our Patreon fundraising on keeping the pantry and community cafe events financially viable.

Each level has the same rewards – in keeping with our values of making what we do as accessible as possible – and each level directly supports the pantry in very tangible ways.

If you are a supporter, you do not need to do anything, your regular amount remains the same!


We are introducing access to our live music events online for all Patreon supporters and those who support with regular payments through other channels and will be adding other benefits as time goes on, as well as keeping you updated with Patreon-only posts, videos and lives in our private patrons Facebook group. Whatever amount you give each month, you will have this access.

The levels of support start at £2.50 per month, with amounts to suit all budgets.

We know that regular amounts can be difficult for many to commit to, so our pay-it-forward ‘shop’ will remain active for folks to make one-off donations when they can, too. There are lots of other ways to support and donate, too.

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What’s on September 2021

Wednesday 1 September
Kerbside pantry 2 – 4pm
Evening cafe drop-in 7 – 9pm
Book club 7pm

Thursday 2 September
Community cafe and pantry 11am – 3pm
Drinks, cakes, snacks, pay-as-you feel groceries, toiletries and clothing

Saturday 4 September & Sunday 5 September
Community cafe and pantry 11am – 3pm
Vegan lunches, cakes, drinks & snacks

Wednesday 8 September
Kerbside community pantry 2 – 4pm

Thursday 9 September 
Community cafe & pantry drop-in 11am – 3pm
Drinks, cakes, snacks, pay-as-you feel groceries, toiletries and clothing

Friday 10 September
Community cafe & pantry drop-in 11am – 3pm

Saturday 11 September
Community cafe & pantry drop-in 11am – 3pm

7.30 doors/8pm start
Adam Scott Glasspool live music

Wednesday 15 September 
Kerbside community pantry, 2 – 4pm
Sapphic Salon & Social 7 – 10pm

Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 September
Community cafe & pantry drop-in
Drinks, cakes, snacks, pay-as-you feel groceries, toiletries and clothing

Red Tent wisdom and sharing circle 7 – 10pm (in person)

Wednesday 22 September
Kerbside community pantry 2 – 4pm

Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 September
Community Cafe and pantry drop-in 11am – 3pm

Friday 24 September
Moving Voices poetry and song open mic

Wednesday 29 September
Kerbside community pantry 2 – 4pm

Thursday 30 September – Saturday 2 October
Community cafe and pantry drop-in

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What’s changed? 2021 update

In early 2020, before the pandemic, we held a fundraiser to allow us to step back, repurpose and redesign how we ran The Art House. You can watch us talking about this here

We raised £25K at the end of February 2020 thanks to the generous support of our community!

Before we could come up for air after all that, the public were advised to avoid spaces like ours in mid March and, to facilitate this, we took the decision to close one week before lockdown.

Since then we have been providing meals and groceries to our community, spreading the word about local and global issues relating to Covid and wider social justice, and running online events and, when allowed, socially distanced events here in the space.

In the background, we redesigned our space into the post-apocalyptic #Bunker178 performance space with the ability to continue live streaming shows from our space post lockdown.

We’re also continuing to run our community pantry and are open for community cafe social time three days a week.

Our original business model of opening full time as a veggie and then vegan cafe, providing food which was very hard to find in Southampton when we started, as a way of generating income, was not working before the pandemic. Increased provision of vegan food (which is good news and we’re pleased about it) made the market more competitive and trying to keep up was eating away at our ability to focus on the art and community events that we were set up to run.

We don’t think it is likely to have changed now, so our focus from here on will be on events, workshops, being a meeting space, running our community pantry and being a more flexible, responsive space to what is needed at any given time.

Our new space being used for a delicious performance by local poets and musicians

We know some folks will really miss our menu, so we have teamed up with Hampshire Vegan Catering, aka John Pellegrini, who worked for us as a chef before leaving to focus on his own business and is still based in house to provide food for some of our events, does regular pop up food events like Sunday lunches and high teas, and can also cater for your outside events. He also has a cookbook featuring some of your favourites from The Art House and more!

We will also run our own community food events from time to time, check our calendar for details.

Please watch this space as we reopen, rediscover ourselves and figure out what the future looks like for The Art House.

You can support our transformation, particularly the community pantry, and get behind the scenes updates, free access to online shows and more by joining our Patreon community here.

Bid farewell to this signage as it will be changing in August to better reflect our new identity!
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Happy birthday to our Community Pantry!

One year ago, we had our first delivery of surplus food diverted from waste and set up a stall outside our space, which was still closed due to the first lockdown.

Since then we have redistributed more than 12 tonnes of food to hundreds of people. Thanks to donations from our community of £1712, £4155 from our Patreon supporters and a Lottery grant of £10,000 we have been able to run the pantry three days a week, buy equipment needed like fridges and spread the word out what we’re doing.

Thank you so much if you are one of our Patreon supporters or somebody who has paid forward pantry items.

Other ways you can help:

We are looking for donations of clean, empty reusable water bottles (not empty single use bottles) so we can give out water, also sun hats and sunscreen please! 

You can pop these in when we are open, please don’t leave anything outside when we are closed as we could get into trouble for things left on the pavement. 

Thursday 11am – 3pm
Friday 11am – 3pm
Saturday 11am – 3pm

If you can’t make it in, we’re taking donations online to support our pantry and help us to continue running this facility, you can donate here. During the heatwave we’ll be using ‘paid forward hot drinks’ to fund water bottles and toiletries donations to buy sunscreen (we’ll update the online shop to reflect this soon, please bear with us!). 

Vee, Gill, Jani, Ziggy, Jessica, David, Alys, Salma – and Devin and Graham behind the scenes/admin crew. 

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Can you support our pantry and help us make a difference?

Our community pantry makes a difference every week during these difficult times.

Since last summer, we’ve been sourcing good quality, in-date  food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to our local community via our pantry.

The pantry is for anyone – whether somebody is short of cash that week for groceries, could use a little easing on their finances, wants to stop food going to waste or support our project by paying-what-you-feel for food.

We don’t ask people intrusive questions or require any proof of need, the pantry is just like any other shop you can just walk into – we also always place food outside for people who might be too shy to come in, also to enable folks avoiding indoor spaces to still use the pantry.

The whole project works in the spirit of mutual aid rather than charity, and many people who use the pantry when things are rough will make donations when money is less tight, creating a lovely ecosystem of kindness.

Although the food is diverted surplus, we still have to pay a fee to access it and have it delivered to us. We also need to pay crew to open and run the pantry, do the admin – and of course there’s the rent and bills on top of that.

We were lucky to access funding for six months, which helped cover a lot of the costs, but that funding has now run out.

You are able to support the pantry and make a real difference by:

Becoming a supporter on Patreon for even just the price of a coffee each month.

Making a one-off donation here using PayPal

You can transfer money to our bank account or set up a regular standing order:

The Art House Southampton
Sort code 089299
Account no. 65287334, (The Co-operative Bank)

You can make a donation when you visit us, cash or card.

We also do regular shout outs for directed donations, which enable you to pay forward coffees, chilled meals, groceries or toiletries to people using our pantry here.

You can also drop in date, unopened toiletries in to us any time the pantry is open. These are very much appreciated by our regulars, as toiletries can put a real dent in a already stretched budget.

The pandemic can often make us feel helpless, the sheer scale of it, but we believe that small acts of solidarity and generosity can make a big difference. It isn’t just about the money saved or the food not going in the bin, but the sense that people still look out for one another in this crisis.

Thanks for reading and for your support and encouragement, it means a lot!

Stay safe and well

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Transition Tales online Saturday 15 May

Being a (at least partly) trans-run venue, we were very excited to hear that our regular performer The Travelling Talesman had been commissioned for an LGBTQ+ event to tell a set of stories featuring Genderfluid Gods!

Needless to say persuasion was applied for him to bring this to us via our virtual events and we are really looking forward to it.

8pm Saturday 15 May 2021, on Zoom (link will be sent when you book)
Tickets are by donation, pay what you can


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Covid / Lockdown update January 2020

We have been in this week reassessing and rearranging the space and are reopening the Community Pantry at #Bunker178 on Thursday 14 January!

We’ll be open for walk-in collection:

Thursday 12.30-4pm
Friday 12.30-4pm
Saturday 12.30-4pm

The pantry features vegan and veggie groceries, fruit and veg, tins, dried foods, vegan meat/dairy substitutes and whole foods.

Our crew are also cooking up delicious chilled meal on a pay-as-you feel basis and will be delivering locally (more details on that soon).

All pay-as-you-feel, donate what you can and take what you need.

No proof of income required and no paperwork / formal dodads, it’s just like walking into a normal shop. You can pay forward meals by donating to cover our costs, link in comments.

The Community Pantry at #Bunker178 is funded by donation, by our Patreon supporters and by The National Lottery Community Fund

Going to work in lockdown feels a bit like a jailbreak ….
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Ready, steady VACCINATE

We have been asked to help find volunteer marshals to assist with the vaccination programme in the SO16 area for a period of at least three months.PPE will be supplied and a full health risk assessment.

Tea and coffee provided, plus breaks.

This role is to support Solent NHS Trust and the COVID Vaccine Programme by providing support to the community by directing cars through a one-way system to a parking space, ensuring the flow of traffic is moving at a safe pace.

Further marshals will direct and guide visitors safely (on foot) around the course, into the vaccine centre. The marshals are there to be a visible presence, offering clear direction, guidance and reassurance to visitors attending the centre, with help to exit the car park promptly.

If you are interested in helping, please phone or email:

t: 0300 123 4013


Yay science!

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New Year’s Eve 2020

Usually we are busy and full of dancing and merriment on NYE – but not this year
The street outside is deserted too. Which is good but also weird.

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Covid update – Christmas and New Year

We will be closing our community pantry and meal service for 2 weeks from Monday 21 December to Wednesday 6 January, so that our crew can take a much needed break.Our current plan is to reopen the pantry on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12.30 – 4pm for groceries and chilled meals, and the cafe for takeaway drinks and cakes only for at least all of January, as the uncertainty about infection rates makes us prefer to err on the side of caution and stick to the strictest Tier rules for now.

Keep an eye our for our online events:Saturday 2 January – The Travelling Talesman will be seeing in the new year with a selection of stories ‘Start as we mean to go on’ (ticket link and details coming soon).

Wednesday 2 – 3.30pm from 6/1/21 we’ll have crafty cafe sessions, drop in online and craft with company!

Moving Voices – performance poets & singers at The Art House returns on Friday 29/1/21 from 7.30pm

Watch this space for other online event announcements, and plans for hybrid small audience/online events in the early Spring!

Stay safe, stay strong, stay well everyone and blessings of the season on you and your loved ones ❤

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