Mette Sofie Roche
Originally from North Norway, Mette Sofie Roche has been living in Ireland for more than 40 years, currently in a restored barn in Co. Meath, where she also has her studio. A restored schoolhouse in the North of Norway serves as a second studio during the summer.
She has been a member of Meath Arts Group since 2007, and INEX, a group of contemporary artists based in Dublin since 2011. She is also a member of Feltmakers Ireland, Connolly Collective and Visual Artists Ireland (VAI).
When she retired from a full-time career as a social worker some years ago she enrolled in formal art education as well as developing a full-time art practice. Since 2008 Mette has completed FETAC level 5 in Art Portfolio and FETAC level 6 in Art and Art Business in Dunboyne College of Further Education as well as Diploma in Art and Design in 2011 and a Certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation in 2010 in NCAD, Dublin.
Her paintings and sculptures are in private and public collections in Ireland and abroad.
A commissioned painting is in the government building in Navan as well as in the Meath County Council collection and a soft sculpture is displayed at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. She features in “Profiles in Felt” – a publication by Feltmakers Ireland.
Group exhibition: Sculpture in Context, Dublin. Annually from 2011-2018
Group exhibition: “Surveyor” Solstice Art Centre, Navan. Annually from 2012-2018
Group Exhibition: Connolly Collective, Blanchardstown Hospital. Annually since 2015
Two -person exhibition: “Ancestry”, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
Group exhibition: “Inside Out”, Meath Arts Group, The Atrium, OPW, Trim
Group exhibition: INEX Art Collective, Thomastown, Kilkenny
Group exhibition: “Ebb and Flow”, Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne
Group exhibition: Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo
Group exhibition: INEX art Collective, Sol gallery Dublin
Solo exhibition: “Related to Life” Laoise Art House, Stradbally, Co. Laoise
Group Exhibition: “Healing and Art”, Connolly Collective, Blanchardstown
Group exhibition: “Reflections” Meath Arts Group, Solstice Art Centre
Solo exhibition: “Traces II” Café Gallery, Vika, Saura, Norway
Group exhibition: “Size Matters”,INEX, The Green Door, Dublin
Group exhibition: “Decay”, Meath Arts Group, Solstice Arts Centre
Group exhibition: “Illumination”, Bru na Boinne, Co Meath
Group exhibition: “Eclipse”, INEX, The Mart, Dublin
Group exhibition: “Common Ground”, Farmleigh, Dublin
Group exhibition: “Text to Visual” Solstice Art Centre, Navan
Two-person exhibition: Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne –
Solo exhibition: “Traces”, Café Gallery, Vika, Saura, Norway
Group exhibition: “Ni Ma Si”, Tayto Park, Co Meath
Group exhibition: “Origins”, Feltmakers at Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Group exhibition: Irish Sculpture Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere
Group exhibition: Meath Arts Group, Newgrange Visitors Centre
Group exhibition: Missing Meath, Solstice Art Centre, Navan
Solo exhibition: “Traces”, Siggerud Gallery, Bodoe, Norway
Three person exhibition: “Flow”. Solstice Art Centre, Navan
Group exhibition: INEX Market Studio Gallery, Dublin
Group Show – Idireadra, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan County Meath
Group Show – When I Close My Eyes, Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne, County Meath
Group Show – Brú na Bóinne, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, County Meath
Extensive participation in Community Group exhibitions in County Meath since 2001