Mette Sofie Roche, originally from North-Norway, but living in Ireland for the past 30+ 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 the Old Schoolhouse Art Group in Dunboyne since its foundation in 2001. and of the Meath Arts Group since 2007, and has exhibited extensively with them in and around Co. Meath. Since she retired from a full time career as a social worker she got involved in more formal art education as well as having a full time art practise. After completing a Diploma in Art & Design in 2011 she has been  a founding member of INEX, a group of contemporary artists based mainly in Dublin.  She is a member of VAI (Visual Artists Ireland) and Feltmakers Ireland.

Her paintings and sculptures are in many private collections in Norway, England, Holland and Ireland. A commissioned painting is in a government office in Navan and she features in ’Profiles in Felt” a publication by Feltmakers Ireland.


Artistic Statement

Mette Sofie Roche is a process oriented and multidiscipline artist who uses a wide spectrum of both materials and methods in her art practise.  Everything she produces is the outcome of a process.  Existential themes like inner strength and identity are the foundations for the work processes.  The process is both experimental and physical, a physicality which has as it aim to satisfy her strong need for  contact with the materials and to manipulate them  to try out new ways of expression.  The art work have references to traditional craft techniques  as well as experiences and memories of growing up in North Norway, her birth country.  Memories of  cultural traditions, of extreme colours, light and seasonal rhythms left strong impressions and is an important influence on her artistic expression.  The work which she creates draws from what is stored in her memory. She attempts to visually define what is otherwise hidden. It is taken from the past and sent into the future.  The fact that she has lived outside Norway for over 30 years have given her an emotional distance which have enabled her to see her ancestral connections more clearly and objectively and therefore given her a greater artistic freedom.





2011:      NCAD, Dublin:  Diploma in Art and Design

2010:      NCAD, Dublin: Certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation

2009:      Dunboyne College of Further Education, FETAC level 6 “Art and Art


2008:       Solstice Art Student of the year Award

2008:       Dunboyne College of Further Education. FETAC level 5, Art

Portfolio course

2008:       Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, “Painting to the exhibitions”  weekly


2008:       Studio 10, IMMA, Dublin,  weekly workshop with Beth O’Halloran

2008:       Rossnarea Art School, Co Meath: Life drawing classes

2000–04:  Painting and drawing classes with Marysia Harasimowicz

1992:       Burren collage of Art,  course in Art Therapy

1991:       Burren Collage of Art,  watercolour course with Pauline Bewick

1990:       Burren Collage of Art,  watercolour course with Pauline Bewick

1978:       Weaving workshop with Judy Toner (Irish weaver)

1977:       Dunlaoghaire School of Art, Ireland – courses in Ceramics and


1976:       Dunlaoghaire School of Art, Ireland – courses in Ceramics and





Solo exhibition :     Siggerud Gallery, Bodoe, Norway               August 2012



Group exhibition: “Missing Meath”, Solstice, Navan. Jan/Feb 2013

Group exhibition:   ”Sculpture in Context”, Dublin                    Sept/Oct 2012

Group exhibition:   “Surveyor”, Solstice Art Centre, Navan     June/Aug 2012

Group exhibition:     INEX, Market Studio, Dublin                      June  2012

Group exhibition – “Sculpture in Context”, Dublin                    Sept/Oct 2011

Group exhibition –  Solstice Art Festival, Art Trail                        June 2011

Group exhibition – Maynooth Flower festival                              June 2011

Group exhibition – Solstice Art Centre, Navan                        Fb/March 2011

Group exhibition – Solstice Art Centre, Navan                             Jan 2011

Group exhibition – Trim Library, co. Meath                                 Sep. 2010

Group exhibition – Cabra Library , Dublin                                    May 2010

Group exhibition – In between, Solstice Art Centre, Navan           Jan. 2010

Group exhibition – Tohrad Gallery, Ashbourne                             Dec. 2009

Group exhibition – Castletown House, Celbridge                          June 2009

Group exhibition – RHA Unselected show , Dublin                        May 2009

Group exhibition –  Spirit of Dunboyne Festival      –          ,          Oct. 2009

Group exhibition –  Spirit of Dunboyne Festival                            Sept 2008,

Group exhibition –  Public space, Trim                                         May 2008

Group exhibition –  Fusion Exhibition/Toradh Art Centre        May 2008

Group exhibition – Bru Na Boina/Solstice Art Centre                Nov/Dec 2008

Group exhibition –  Public space, Leixlip                                       July 2007

Group exhibition –   Public space, Trim                                            May 2006

Group exhibition –   Independent artists Network, Dalkey          Nov 2006

Group exhibition –   Independent artists Network, Dalkey           Nov 2006

Group exhibition –   ——“——-, Lucan                                            April 2005

Group exhibition –  Peoples’ Art, Lucan                                             Nov 2004

Group exhibition –  Public space    Trim                                              April 2004

Group exhibition –  ——“———, Trim                                            April 2004

Group exhibition –  People’s Art, Lucan                                             July 2003

Group exhibition –  Public space,  Dunshaughlin                           June 2002

Group exhibition –  Public space, Blanchardstown                         April 2002

Dunboyne artists Christmas Exhibition annually                           2001  – 11



”Profiles in Felt”  by  Feltmakers Ireland                        – launched   Nov. 2011




Forthcoming Exhibition

Two person exhibition:  Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne, Co. Meath – July/Aug. 2013
Group Exhibition:    Tayto Park, Curragha, Co. Meath                      – Sept. 2013