The Art House is Southampton’s only independent, not-for-profit, community run arts centre, cafe, gallery and venue which has been running since 2008. For over eleven years, we have been radically carving out a space in our city where people can discover their creativity and be treated with dignity, respect and a sense of purpose.
We also serve delicious vegan food and during lockdown #1 in summer 2020, we set up a community pantry providing surplus, in-date veggie food. This was in response to the reports we were having of poor quality food parcels being sent to people self-isolating, and the lack of access to vegan food and low-allergen meals.
The pantry is open to anyone who needs to use it on an optional donation pay-as-you-feel basis each week. We also use the food (which we source mostly through our local Fareshare) to make yummy pay-as-you-feel vegan food for delivery and collection.
When Covid restrictions have allowed, we have also opened the cafe for pay-as-you-feel lunches, enabling people to meet up and enjoy a meal, reducing social isolation and making sure folks are fed.
You can support the pantry and community cafe/meals with a monthly donation from as little as £2 on Patreon . This regular amount covers our basic running costs and paid crew, so that we can deliver the service smoothly each week to as many people as possible. Our aim over this winter is to make the community pantry and cafe self-sustaining so that we can continue doing it into the future.
You can also:
One-off donation through PayPal: CLICK HERE
Regular monthly donation through PayPal as a patron: CLICK HERE
Through your bank via BACS to:
The Art House Southampton
Sort code 089299
Account no. 65287334, (The Co-operative Bank)
By cheque made payable to The Art House Southampton
Post to 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW
We are so much more than a cafe or venue, we are a new way of doing things, part of a global progressive movement towards a more grassroots, community-led world, a world where everyone has the chance to explore their creative potential in powerful ways. Social movements have always been lead by art, and art needs space to happen – space for people to gather, collaborate, learn and encourage one another.
The Art House is a community, a space where people can come together for company, to share values, to support each other as well as supporting creativity, endeavour, a space where you can be who you are, a space that is welcoming and enthusiastically embraces diversity.
Whichever level you choose, you will become part of a vital community that will ensure the future of The Art House for years to come.
Thank you so much for your support, without it we simply would not be able to be here and serve our creative community.