We’re all so grateful for the donations and the people who have come in to use the space and support us this month! As a result of the fundraiser, things are looking up for The Art House and we’ve managed to sort a lot of niggling problems, pay some bills and most importantly feel needed and supported by our community!
Tomorrow we tot up the total to see how close to our £25000 goal we are! Please help us get there ❤️
The Art House is truly an amazing thing; they’ve always been an eco and LGBT friendly and all around conscious place and there’s nothing like it in Southampton.
Out of my 170-something shows I know at least 30 of them have been here, I don’t quite know where I’d be without it.
We’re having another fundraising gig on the 29th (THIS SATURDAY!) and it would be amazing to see you there. If you can’t make that day; you can donate, volunteer or always pop in for a tea, coffee or a warm meal.
Keep these places open, they’re a warm and safe haven to relax in in this scary world we live in. 💜
The New Forest and Southampton Red Tentwould not have grown so big or so strong without the support behind the scenes from Jani or from the Art House itself providing us with a home for many, many circles and events over the years
This sisterhood, this community, is one of those supported by the Art House’s mission to provide inner city space at a reasonable cost to valued community groups that in turn support others. Please feel to give a little back and support them as they endeavour to keep going through a time of make or break.
I can’t put into words how much I love these people and the work they do (most of them voluntarily) and the space they have created. The Art House (cic) in Southampton has a special place in my heart. It’s the folks I’ve met here who have helped me through thick and thin. Being introduced to this place has brought me through mental breakdowns, helped me build confidence to put myself out there in the world, face my fears, and beat them, and I’ve made some amazing friends in the process. Oh they also do cool arty things and tea and the yummiest cake. As a not for profit they rely on donations to keep this very important and much needed space open. If you think we need independent arts venues like this to stay open, please donate.
Ash, Bee, CB and Betsy are walking from Lyndhurst to The Art House today to raise money for our fundraiser! We have given them pizza for the road and will have cake waiting for them when they get here. Updates later!
Regulars Laura and David used to come in a few times a week with their very special dog, Eddie, who even had an Art House bandanna! (Now treasured as an Art House keepsake and sometimes worn by Alfie).
Sadly, Eddie has passed, but recent member of their family, Albus Dumbledog, has been coming in and meeting us.
I really hope the Art House stays open, that’s where I met the friends I have now (all my previous friendships seemed to revolve around weed and other drugs) about 8 years ago. It’s ideal for a first date, (safe, queer friendly and often has a friendly face around if you get stood up so you can chat).
I donated 20 quid last night and will be going to the fundraiser on the 29th and will donate more but the loss of the venue for things like TDOR and Pride- a safe space not focused on booze- is something the LGBTQ+ community in Southampton needs to still have, value and support.
Also bought some Dave Hubble art last night for the new flat.
If you’re like me when it comes to all things art, then you’ll agree that The Art House is a home away from home. It’s a place where we’re not just able to enjoy beautiful cups of tea or food, but where we are able to surround ourselves with Art, and engage with community that is more than supportive.
These kinds of venues, places, “homes” are now a dying breed.
The Art House is a life line, and it needs our help.
Please join me in Southampton on the 29th February for NotTheLastFundraiser Mini Festival @ The Art House, for some hostin’ by RKP & Dave Hubble Poetry❤️ on the Spoken Word Stage, there’s gonna be even more hosts with live art, music, poetry & wordsmithery.
All RKP’s merch will be on sale, all funds raised will be going towards the fundraiser.
There’s so much talent at this event, it’s mind blowing ❤️