About Us

The Space Inside is an arts session held on the first Tuesday of each month from October to June, in Wicklow Sailing Club, South Quay, Wicklow Town, Ireland
The sessions provide a platform on which all artists can perform - from poets to actors and from dancers to all forms of musicians.
Admission is free to ensure access to all and doors open 8pm

If you would like to perform, contact us at spaceinside@hotmail.com

Sunday, October 24, 2010

November Live Night

Tuesday 2nd November 2010 at 8pm
Join us for another top  lineup for our November Live Night

Étoile de la Mer

  Étoile de la Mer is the stage name of Maria Scanlon, an experienced dancer who also teaches Shape up With Belly dance in the FYI Dance Club in Wicklow Town.
The Bellydance is uniquely designed for the female body and is a dance characterized by sinuous hip, abdominal and arm movements.

Étoile de la Mer will hypnotise us with her mystical performances of Oriental Fusion bellydance. She will be joined on the night by Estrella del Mar, another captivating bellydance performer.

Bellydance classes are held in the FYI Dance Club is held on the South Quay every Thursday morning at 10am.

Josh Johnston
  We welcome back Josh Johnston to the Space Inside. Josh studied Popular Music in the University of Salford, graduating as a pianist, band leader and composer. He is well-known as a versatile musician.

Josh was pianist in the band of Birr singer/ songwriter Roesy for six years, performed on stage and recorded with Kila, Declan O’Rourke, Stewart Agnew, SJ McArdle, NoelieMcDonnell, Irish tenor Karl Scully and others. He is the resident organist at the Unitarian Church in Dublin.

He released his first solo CD, Three Friends in 2000, and a duo disc with jazz (and classical) violinist David MacKenzie. His latest CD, Asylum Harbour, is out now.

 Ronan Swift

Ronan was born in 1972 in Dublin, Ireland, the year Al Blue Lewis fought Ali in a bout of Gaelic Boxing at Croker and came second. He has been a schoolboy, a schoolmaster, a window cleaner & a gardener.
His tunes are adorned by a dedicated gang of selfless musicians - Eoin O’Brien (electric guitar - Kíla, Clay Dolls), Josh Johnston (piano & keyboards - Roesy, SJ McArdle), Bill Blackmore (trumpet - Trihornophone) and Malachy Robinson (double bass - Irish Chamber Orchestra) are the core band. The same group of musicians have come together to help Ronan produce both his debut CD Farewell Future Wives (2009) and his 2nd CD A Whinbush Backwards (due for release April 2011).

His rare live performances with the same band usually take place in Dublin, Ireland. There's one lined up for December 2010 - date to be announced.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Space Inside journal goes quarterly

After six years, the Space Inside journal has moved from a monthly to a quarterly publication. The steady reduction in funding over the years has meant that, in order to keep the journal alive, we must cut our cloth. We plan to make it a bigger publication but with the same high quality of articles and information. You will still be able to read it online,
Our monthly Live Nights performers will continue to be published on our blog and on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Space Inside Poetry Contest Winners

Martin Swords announced the winners of our 2010 poetry contest to a packed Space Inside Live Night, last night. Commenting on the high standard of the entries and imaginative use of the phrase 'space inside', Martin began by recounting various lines from poems which he felt were particularly worthly of mention.

Drum roll . . .

The winner of the Space Inside Poetry Contest 2010 is
Jane Clarke from Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow with her poem Anniversary


He's alive in our house;
his books talk to ours on the shelves.

His photograph above the piano,
violin tucked under his chin.

You play the pieces he arranged,
quote his sayings and stories,

read his fountain-penned notebook
of favourite poems, Yeats, Frost

and Verlaine, for what they tell
about the space inside him.

I see you running to keep up
as he wallks Three Rock Mountain,

insisting you listen to what he has learned
about Satre and Tielhard de Chardin.

Today I dig compost into the tired clay,
plant heathers and snowdrops on his grave.

You watch and muse how it might have been
had he lived past your teens.

Our second winner is Edward Ryan of Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow with The Space Inside

The Space Inside

For each of us a 'space inside'
Where our loving feelings bide
Some mystery too, the strangest thing
It grows the more with emptying.

Congratulations to our worthy winners who were presented with their prize hampers on the night by Carol Boland - chairperson of Space Inside, who went on to thank everyone who entered into the spirit of the Space Inside's first poetry contest.