Category Archives: Our philosophy

Politically gentle – but not politically naive

In a survey we are doing at the moment, in the comments section, one of the people responding said that they felt The Art House was ‘politically naive’ in the face of the big global changes we are going through … 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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There are no passengers on planet Earth, only crew.

Ultimately, the whole purpose of our space programme may well be to help us “transcend our sense of separation.” We are, as the man says, quite literally, stardust, but there are so many forces trying to separate us from this … 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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Far away/so close – the joy of intimate gigs

Bik and I popped up to Brighton this past Sunday for a wonderful night, affectionately ‘Pynnstock’ – an evening of Nick Pynn’s music, with lots of great performers on stage with him. It was great, and we had seats quite … 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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A response to being called ‘A Business’

The Art House is not free to use, not publicly funded and is based on a business model. This leads some people to think we are just in it for the money – and it is a tightrope we have … Continue reading

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The view from the fence – musings on neutrality

This week has seen us commenting via social media and our blog on a couple of things which are going on in Southampton right now. The first, the impromptu/unofficial street art put up by unit11 over the weekend at the … Continue reading

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On financial honesty…..

Most businesses play their financial cards very close to their chests.It’s common business wisdom to be super-cagey about the money stuff, pretending all is well when it isn’t or pretending all is bad when it’s great.Aside from the accounts we … Continue reading

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That awkward money question….

Money makes the world go round, we are told.  We thought it was due to the fact that all planets spin, due to being formed by various debris coalescing under gravity, and that matter coming together with some inherent spin or … Continue reading

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