April 29th

Wonderful story read from the start. You’ll love it


Jani-finally-went-off-the-deep-end-about-Southampton yesterday

You can’t have arts with out people. Use your venues visit them feed them or they will go.

The Art House

Yesterday, Jani saw a post following what sounded like a great event at the new Tiger Yard, talking about what kind of city Southampton would be.  In it, the post-er of the post said The Art House was great but that we need a Gantry-like space in Southampton.  A grassroots arts centre, not just a big shiny one like the proposed new arts complex being fitted out at the moment.  We have heard this many, many times.  The Art House is great, but it’s not the Gantry.

We agree.  We set up, in a smaller premises, with the aim of trying out a way of running a grassroots arts space free from Council or other funding.  You can read more about our business model here, if you want.

The post and indeed the poster yesterday was well-intentioned, expressing a view we’d heard many times, and indeed mainly expressing nostalgia…

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“Depression can be a fatal illness and this is often forgotten.” Dave Hubble speaks to ASLI about the effects of domestic violence towards children and how his poetry aims to end the silence.

Excellent article by Dave Hubble

ASLI MAGAZINE - creating change

Dave Hubble  Photography by Mike Dais Photography  Dave Hubble
Photography by Mike Dais Photography

Dave Hubble, 45, from Eastleigh, UK is a an Environmental Science lecturer and freelance entomologist and a self proclaimed “bug geek”, however a change of career is an ambition of Dave’s, to become a professional artist, mixing his creative disciplines of poetry, jewellery and fine art.

Dave was chosen for this issue of “mental illness, health and recovery” due to his poetry which aims to examine the effect of domestic violence towards children. As a survivor and artist Dave uses this expression to address an important and often unspoken truth of the consequences violence has on children’s development and mental health.

Here is our interview with Dave:

What is your artistic/creative background?

Having a scientific background, I don’t have any formal qualifications in art, but have always enjoyed doodling, whether that’s with words, pens or any other materials I get hold of. I…

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Artists inspiration

I’ve just come back from a holiday in Scotland, where the weather was warmer than Southampton. I was lucky to be loaned a camera for the trip a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ48. Compared with my phone it is brilliant, so I took a lot of pictures. Photographs from Scotland some will eventually become inspiration for pictures and some are art in their own right.

Dactylorhiza fuchsii a pink one - Culloden

Yesterday I took the camera for a rove around our local common it was a glorious sunny day and I had great fun taking pictures of birds, insects and plants. Southampton Common photographs


I seem to be obsessed with bees and other pollinators recently having contributed a set of 20 hand drawn cards to the latest Art House exhibition. I went to the opening night and found some framed on the wall it was wonderful to see. If you happen to be in Southampton in August go into the Art house and have a look, try the cake while you are there.


Taking risks on unknown artists (or Burritos = Art)

Another blog from The Art House Southampton, who are wonderful and great supporters of the unknown artist like me

The Art House

Something that we are very fortunate to be able to do, as a not-for-profit venue, is take a chance on new or unusual artists.

Whether it’s hosting somebody’s very first exhibition to showcasing a scratch performance

An Art House moment - local musician Mike Vaughan starts to sing Steve Lowis' favourite song, Steve joins in.  You can't put a price on this stuff. An Art House moment – local musician Mike Vaughan starts to sing Steve Lowis‘ favourite song, Steve joins in. You can’t put a price on this stuff.

destined for the Edinburgh fringe, we are committed to making a space for art that isn’t necessarily a ‘sure thing’ in terms of money making.

We are a Community Interest company and our first aim on the list is ‘Promoting grassroots, fringe and outsider Art’.

We run an intimate, informal space where artists can experiment, take chances, and creativity can unfold at it’s own pace.

It costs us around £1 per minute to run, but what a lot can happen in one minute here!

How we…

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“Relationship Key Learns” or – “How Not To Be A Cock”

From my friend Bonnie


I have had a few relationships over the years, most of which – hands up, it’s on me – ended out being utter car crashes due to poor choices on my part. I am not perfect; in fact, if you’ve been here a while, you will know that I write about exactly how NOT PERFECT I am.

However, we all inexplicably put up with unnecessary bullshit in relationships, and over the years I have identified a few important elements of friction-generating behaviour in my ex-partners. I am keen to share some tips with everyone to help you avoid unwittingly becoming the kind of boyfriend or girlfriend whose significant other has a desperate urge to throw heavy furniture at.

…also, it’s a bit funny. In retrospect.

In no particular order;

  • Don’t make a mess, and then complain about there being a mess.
  • Learn when your partner’s birthday is, and decide in…

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