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 ❤️

Posted in Fundraising, Future plans, Our crew

Local Legend Ash Ellis shares why they are supporting the fundraiser

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. 💜

Donate here

Posted in Community news & views, Customer comments, Events, Fundraising, Getting involved

Heidi of Red Tent shares why The Art House is important to her

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.

Donate here

Posted in Community news & views, Customer comments, Events, Fundraising

Anita shares ways to support The Art House

As you may have heard, the Art House needs your help. Please donate on their fundraiser, but come to events, drink their wonderful coffee and eat the marvellous food and cakes.

Start this week, come to Moving Voices, donations for the event will be much appreciated and you will have Pandamonium to receive your and Jeu Jeu La Feuille to provide you with her great new show.

Moving Voices – poetry and song open mic

Friday 28 Feb, 7.30pm, entry by donation

… and the last Friday monthly

We have all seen venues we love go. Don’t let it happen to the Art House!!!!

It is a home for all who need it and appreciate it.

Donate here

Posted in Community news & views, Events, Fundraising

Regular and Volunteer Clare shares why she is supporting the fundraiser

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.

No amount is too small. ❤

Donate here

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Sponsored walk – a windy one!

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!

1pm and they’re already at Ashurst!
Pizza break!
3pm and nearly here!
So close whoop!
3.30 and they’ve made it!

Support them (and us) here:

Posted in Community news & views, Events, Fundraising

Fundraising gigs Ahoy!

Some lovely artists have offered their time to help us fundraise – here are the gigs 

Saturday 29 February 2020
12 – 10pm Minifest featuring live art, spoken word and music
Buy tickets for the evening event here

Saturday 21 March 2020
Equinoxy Folky Fundraiser with Paul Mitchell, Corvus and Cliff Carr
Book here

Thursday 26 March 2020
Jason Buck presents: Legends of Ancient Egypt
Book here

Wednesday 1 April 2020
Foolin’ Around April Fools Comedy Open Mic
Book here


Posted in Events, Fundraising

Albus Dumbledog shares (via his Mum) why he supports the fundraiser

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.

Donate now here

“Albus already loves The Art House as much as Eddie did! Where else would he be allowed to attend so many events to snooze through whilst lying in everybody’s way?”

Posted in Community news & views, Customer comments, Fundraising

Regular Annie shares why she is supporting our #notthelastfundraiser

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.

Donate here:

Posted in Community news & views, Customer comments, Fundraising

RKP poet & painter talks about why they value The Art House


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.

Donate here

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 ❤️


Donate here

Posted in Behind the scenes, Community news & views, Fundraising, Getting involved, Uncategorized