What’s coming up – Jan/Feb highlights

Highlights for the rest of January ….

Thursday 24 January
In Their Own Words with Damian O’Vitch

Friday 25 January
Moving Voices open mic
with special guest Stephen Ripper Mizen

Saturday 26 January
Mara Simpson (folk/storyteller)

Thursday 31 January
Music: Remi Harris (guitarist)

February Highlights at The Art House

Friday 1 Feb
Matt L T Smith & friends (Poetry showcase)

Saturday 9 February
Daniel Eagle & friends

Wednesday 13 February
Hammer & Tongue Solent ft Desree
(performance poetry)

Thursday 14 January
Lexi Wolfe: The Storyteller II
(Stories of love for Valentine’s day)

Friday 15 February
Red Tent open evening & film screening – details soon!

Saturday 16 February 
The Arnie Cottrell Tendency 

Sunday 17 February
Steampunk bring ‘n Buy

Tuesday 19 February
OUT-TAKE ensemble composing with a crowd
(workshop/interactive music event)

Wednesday 20 February
Drumming with Kwame Bakoji

Thursday 21 February
In Their Own Words with Damian O’Vitch

Saturday 23 February
On the Fringe of Science: Quacks, Cranks & Charlatans with Ian Dunne

Have a listen to the Spotify Playlist of our upcoming events here

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New Directors!


We have some really exciting news! On Thursday 17 January, we appointed two new Directors, taking our team from three to five.

Devin Valentine has been a cafe co-ordinator here since Mary 2016 and this year took on more admin, volunteer applications, rota management and funded projects.

You may also know him from such events as Reclaim the Night 2016, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil. Hobbies include fixing things, motorcycles and playing bass in his band Hunting Hearts (who are playing here tomorrow, Saturday 19 January, at 7.30pm – there are still tickets left!).

Dave Hubble is well known around Southampton, having co-ordinated our local Greenpeace group for many years, been active on the art and poetry scene and a common sight at local gigs! He joined The Art House as a maintenance co-ordinator and in the last couple of years took on the exhibitions co-ordination. He also once wrote a book on leaf beetles.

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This week at The Art House – to Sunday 20/1/19

Crafty Cafe every Wednesday 2.45 – 5.45pm, drop in, by donation
Facebook event here

The Art House Photography group, second Thursday monthly, 7.30pm
Facebook event here


Wassailing The Art House with Ancasta Rising, Friday 18 January from 7pm
Facebook event here


Hunting Hearts & Henry Newbury, Saturday 19 January, doors 7.30pm

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Jani on why we have to ask

This so sums up the glorious dilemma of being The Art House. We have created a space that is safe and welcoming for people who don’t find mainstream spaces OK at all. In a lot of ways we’ve created the space that we need – different from the norm, safer, accepting, welcoming.

That’s something we have done very well for many people.

But here’s the catch, see.

The people who love and use this space also are the very ones have been so badly hit by austerity.

People with disabilities, people with mental health challenges, neurodivergent people, people with chronic conditions, younger and older people, LGBTQIA+ people, people who have been pushed to the margins of society …. these make up a lot of our people.

We are also a space for folks who just need something different from the rest of what’s out there, including folks who want wholesome, healthy organic vegan and veggie food!

Thing is, we could get busier and earn more by ramming in lots of uncomfortable seating, turning the music up, getting a loud fancy coffee machine, aggressively upselling, getting people in and out of the door quicker, buying cheap ingredients, serving meat and/or low quality fast food, paying our staff less and having zero hours contracts …. that’s what most other places do to get by.

Or we could fancy things up and raise prices.

In fact the real kicker is watching commercial places around us make profits, expand and grow using these methods. That does test my resolve on the daily, I can tell you!

This would probably attract more customers and make more money, but it would scare off the people who need us and it would be shitty and we just can’t and won’t.

So instead I am here again asking for donations to make up our shortfall in income.

No lie: I find this so hard, even though the money is not for me (I am currently not paid for my role).

I wish it wasn’t this way. I wish our people had plenty to spend, but a lot of them don’t. So I have to ask everyone to pitch in what they can, even if it’s £1 or £5

I just want us to keep going and being here for our people, and some months, including this coming month, the figures don’t add up to a happy story.

If you can help today, please do. It will make our 11th birthday very jolly 🙂

Donate here using PayPal

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2018 at The Art House


I put together a little slideshow of photos from this last year – whew! We’ve had so many performances, workshops, meet-ups, celebrations, cakes, gorgeous new dishes, staff and volunteers… it has been quite an 11th year!

One of the young people who use our space summing up what it means to them:

“This has always been a safe place for me.

Socialising is hard for myself and coming even if i’m not meeting anyone in particular is a joy as it feels like home and I can be myself and relax.

Not to mention great food! Never fails to impress,to joining in at crafty cafe with the fabulous Gill, to drawing and being at the clothes swap this year had such a wonderful atmosphere everyone was so happy and open!

I came here 4 years ago 2019 will be my fifth wow time does fly,money is pretty tight at the moment so I will give when I can.

Thank you for everything everyone and to our lovely Art House :)”

Many of the people who thrive at The Art House have been hire by austerity as our your friend above has been, which means they can’t always spend a lot when they come here, but the space is still very important to them. This is why we ask for donations to top up our running costs and keep us going.

Tomorrow is our 11th birthday – we really want to celebrate our 12th and beyond but we need your help to get there! Today we are asking for birthday ‘presents’ in the form of donations of all sizes.

You can donate here via PayPal or credit/debit card.

For other ways to donate if you don’t wish to use PayPal, click here.

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Earlybird tickets for New Year’s Eve


Earlybird tickets for New Year’s Eve – under £10 for a lovely evening of music, food and good company, end this Sunday 9 December 2018.

Why not book now and relax in the knowledge that lovely plans are made for your New Year’s celebration?

We are limiting tickets, as always, to around 55 to keep the space from feeling hectic and crowded, so it is wise to book in advance as we are very unlikely to have any left on the night, this event generally sells out.

Book now!

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Gift vouchers – special offer this week!


Until Sunday 9 December at 11pm, we are offering a free £5 gift voucher with every £20 voucher bought online – up to a maximum of £100 per person.

Vouchers can be exchanged for anything in our cafe and make excellent presents, with the added bonus of not having to go anywhere near a shop!

Simply fill in the form below and we will automatically add your free vouchers.

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This week at The Art House – with Facebook event links

This week at The Art House is a busy one – at least we hope it will be, as we love nothing better than seeing the space being used by as many people as possible.
Don’t forget we are open from 8.30am Tuesday – Friday now as well and this week we have an offer on filter coffee with a Danish pastry (and a free refill) for just £4.50

On to the events……

Board Games – first Tuesday monthly from 6.30pm
* Weds 5 December
Le Cafe des Amis lunchtime French language cafe
Crafty Cafe drop in, 2.45 – 5.45 every Wednesday
Poetry Stanza friendly crit group, first Weds monthly 7.30
The Art House Book club, first Weds monthly 7.30pm
* Thursday 6 December
Women’s Writing workshop with Artfulscribe
Monthly on the first Thursday, 11.45 – free!
Extinction Rebellion Southampton meeting, 7.30pm
Southampton Story Club Storygoround 8pm
* Friday 7 December & Saturday 8 December
Out of Bounds Theatre present: The UnXmas Story
* Saturday 8 December
Steve Snow magic hat acoustic cafe session 1 – 3pm
Sunday 9 December
Sketchy Sunday drop-in Sketching group
1 – 3pm, by donation
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December’s printable programme

Our printable programme for December is available here.

Christmas opening times will be:

Open as usual until Sunday 23 December (join us for special festive roast specials on 23/12 from 12.30 – 3pm, book your table here)

Closed Christmas Day 25/12 & Boxing Day 26/12
Open 11am – 5pm 27 – 29 December
Open 12 – 5pm Sunday 30 December with lovely Dulcimer music in the cafe!
New Year’s Eve party 31/12 – 1/1
Closed daytime Tuesday 1 January

Open as usual from Wednesday 2 January


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Summer fundraiser update!

Just a quick one to let you know what is going on at The Art House this weekend and update you on our fundraiser. I have done a quick Facebook live update on our page if you want to watch it here.

Please donate here

Our fundraiser ends this Saturday 22 September and because of the overwhelming response to our shout out for donations on Monday we have decided to go for our stretch goal of £12000 – because we have faith that we can do this!

The extra will make it possible for us to get some repairs done, clear more payments from the summer slump and have some stability in our finances going into the winter.

Speaking of winter – I am in the Echo this week talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – breaking down some stigmas around mental health by speaking openly about my own experience.

Thanks again for your support, it truly was an overwhelming experience watching the donations flood in this week and to be able to be brave and go for our stretch goal!

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