Category Archives: Behind the scenes

Sorry, we won’t serve you……

English law on alcohol sales is very clear – licensed premises are not allowed to serve somebody who is already intoxicated. However, a study showed that in 84% cases of attempts by actors pretending to be drunk, they were served in … Continue reading

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Rant alert – why is culture and heritage expected to be free?

Why are culture and heritage, in particular, expected to be free? A rant, by Jani. We love culture and heritage, we do.  Often, we post about the things going on in Southampton, particularly in the Cultural Quarter, which is our … Continue reading

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It’s not customer service: you are SEEN

Most companies run customer service training, and so do we. There’s a difference between what we do and what most places do, though. We train our crew to see people. Yes, that sounds obvious doesn’t it? The plague of our … Continue reading

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Reduce waste and food miles by meal planning!

Our regular menu changes, usually seasonally, and our specials menu changes daily here at The Art House. This takes some planning, as you can imagine! With so many mouth to feed, randomly ordering supplies and then playing ‘Ready, steady, cook’ … Continue reading

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From these Three Monkeys, you will hear no evil.

Great things have come of standing in our doorway and having random chats with delightful people. One of those chats was about four years ago with a chap called Steve Lowis. Steve is a bit of a local legend as … Continue reading

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“There are people creating things just outside your window.”

<rant> We have huge admiration for the comics (and a musician) who came and performed last night to an audience of… two! (Who had a very surreal and exclusive show.) Despite the crowd being outnumbered by the performers, they put … Continue reading

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Old man in my house.

In one form of Pidgen English, a piano is called “Old man in my house, you hit him white teeth he laugh, you hit him black teeth he cry.” One of the first items to enter the Art House, even … Continue reading

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The “last slice of cake” rule for selling crafts!

The Art House has a crafty shed which is often full of handmade goodies by the craft group at Tools for Self Reliance as well as other makers local and further afield like Dave Hubble with his Rebejoo range of recycled … Continue reading

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Why The Art House? Good question!

I popped in on Sunday just as we were opening to make this short film about The Art House and about my personal reasons for being involved in founding and running this lovely place. The video is a submission for … Continue reading

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Volunteer Jen demonstrates ways to wear your chef’s hat!

Volunteer Jen takes some time out from preparing lunches to show the options for wearing a chef’s hat! Our hats are made from recycled fabric (this one used to be a shirt) by Libby, who loves to embellish them with … Continue reading

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