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.
Our venue is one of many currently at risk of closure because of the effects of the Corvid-19 pandemic and are are asking our community to support us.
On 16 March we too the very difficult decision, to close our doors. We did this ahead of government instruction for pubs/venues to close as we felt it was the right thing to do.
The Art House cannot reopen until lockdown is lifted and we anticipate that our sector, being the first to be closed down, will also be the last to reopen.
Support us with a monthly donation from as little as £2 on Patreon
If you don’t want to use these platforms, details of other ways to donate are here
We have been able to move some spoken word events online and have started a weekly chilled meal delivery, as well as furloughing most of our staff under the job retention scheme. Of course, some of our costs are less, but many of our overheads remain the same as they were when we were open and our current activities are not enough to cover all of our bills.
As the meal deliveries become more popular, we are doing an ‘early alert’ each week for our Patreon supporters, paypal monthly donors and Friends card holders – ensuring that you can beat the rush! We will be looking at other ways to reward our supporters both during and after the lockdown.
Our Patreon supporters have been key to our survival for several years now, but they have never been as vital as they are now. Our focus, is to build a steady stream of monthly support over the coming season so that we can build resilience and plan ahead.
We aim to meet our basic costs – rent, electricity, water and phone lines, so that we can be here for our community during and after the lockdown.
To support our #SaveOurVenue Crowdfunder click here
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.