Peter McLean – Curriculum Vitae




Bachelor of Visual Art Honours (first class), Australian National University School of Art

1989-1992 Bachelor of Science Honours (first class), University of Queensland


Solo Exhibitions

2023 Distant Friends, Megalo, Canberra, ACT
2022 Distant Friends, Impress Printmakers Gallery, Brisbane, Qld.
2019 Full Spectrum, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan NSW
2015 Worth its Weight in Gold, M16 Chute Space, Canberra
  The Endless Transience of Being, Megalo Printstudio + Gallery, Canberra
2013 In The Wilderness, Glen Innes Art Gallery, NSW
  In Place, Brisbane Institute of Art
2012 Fog and Faultlines, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, Canberra
2011 Preserved Disintegrations, The Front, Canberra
2008 Solitary, Mimosa Gallery, Glen Innes NSW
2006 Peter McLean Screenprints, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
2005 Room to Move, Mimosa Gallery, Glen Innes NSW
2002 Autumn/Winter, Mimosa Gallery, Glen Innes NSW
2001 Dashed on the Rocks, Mapleton Artspace, Queensland


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2024 Under One Sky, Little Red Cottage, Maleny, Qld.
2023 Traverse, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
2022 Kaleidascope, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
  Carved, Mixing Room Gallery, Thors Hammer, Canberra, ACT
2021 Fluid Cartographies, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
  Between the Sheets; Artists' Books 2021, Central Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
  Lockdown Showdown, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney NSW
  Openning exhibition, Rusden House Arts Centre, Queanbeyan, NSW
  QPRC  Art Awards, The Q, Queanbeyan, NSW
  Black and White,M16 Artspace, Canberra, ACT
  Trailhead, The Link Ginnendary, ACT
  Changing Horizons, Toowoomba Artist Society, Toowoomba, Qld.
2020 Megalo International Print Prize, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Canberra
  Swan Hill Print and Drawing Prize, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Victoria
  M16 Does Pizza, M16 Artspace, Canberra
  Return of the Archive, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Canberra
  Bugs in the System, Mary Cairncross Rainforest Discovery Centre, Maleny,  Qld
2019 Soul and Morter, Nishi Gallery, Canberra - Art Not Apart Festival
  Haugesund International Festival of Artistic Relief Printing, Haugesund Billedgalleri, Norway
  Festschrift;A Celebration in Print, Foyer Gallery, ANU School of Art and Design, Canberra
  Megalo Residencies: A Survey, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Canberra
  Collectables 2019 - Maleny Printmakers, Maleny Community Centre, Qld
2018 Celebration:20 years of collecting visual art at CMAG, Canberra Museum and Gallery, ACT
  From Small Things Big Things Grow, Gallery of Small Things and Megalo Print Studio
  Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Art Awards, The Q Gallery, Queanbean, NSW
  The Plate Show - Third Course, ANU School of Art and Design Foyer Gallery, Canberra
  Community Artworks, Glen Innes Art Gallery, NSW
2017 Nature of Print, Maroochy Bushlands Botanic Gardens, Qld.
  The Plate Show, M16 Artspace, Canberra, ACT
  Pareidolia: Cloud Gazing, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Canberra
  Natural Characters, The Press Gallery, Queanbeyan NSW
  Collectables 2017 - Maleny Printmakers, Forest Heart Gallery, Maleny Qld.
2016 SOA Pro, Foyer Gallery, ANU School of Art, Canberra
  Bonsai+Print, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
2015 Bimblebox 153 Birds: Impress Print Workshop and State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
  Making the Point, Left Hand Gallery, Braidwood, NSW
2014 Collectables 2014, Maleny Printmakers, Maleny
  Sister Cities Printmaking, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
2013 Newsprint, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, Canberra
  Libris Awards, Artspace Mackay, Qld
  Diversity in Print, Royal Queensland Artists Society, Brisbane
  Making the Cut, Left Hand Gallery, Braidwood, NSW
  Broad, ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery, Canberra
  Articulate Art Prize, University of Newcastle, NSW
  Leftovers IV, Applestick Contemporary Art, Victoria
2012 M16 Drawing Prize, M16 Artspace, Canberra
  BSG Work on Paper Prize, Bruswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy
2011 Manly Library Artists Book Awards, Manly, NSW.
  Alone Off The Press, The Left Hand Gallery, Braidwood, NSW
2010 String Books, The Left Hand Gallery, Braidwood, NSW 
  Fremantle Arts Centre Print Awards, Fremantle, Western Australia
  Loupe, Megalo Print Workshop, Canberra
  Systematic, M16 Artspace, Canberra
  Weereewa Works on Paper Prize, Kiku Arts Gallery, Bungendore.
2009 ANU School of Art Graduate Exhibition 
  Presence and Contemplation, M16 Artspace, Canberra
  Light Industrial, M16 Artspace, Canberra
2007 M16 Drawing Prize, M16 Artspace, Canberra
2006 Recent Acquisitions: photographs and prints, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery
  Under Urban Influence, Mimosa Gallery, Glen Innes, NSW
2005 CPM National Print Awards, Murwillumbah, NSW
2002 What is a Print, Gallery of the Quebec Printmaking Council, Montreal, Canada
  Sewn, Bound & Flown, University of Wollongong, NSW


2024 The Old School Artist in Residence, Mt Wilson, NSW
2018 Megalo Artist in Residence, Canberra, ACT
2012 Fiskars Artist’s Cooperative Residency, Finland
2011 J. B. Blunk Residency, California

Awards and Prizes

2020 Homefront grant, artsACT
2018 Form Gallery Award for Professional Practice, Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Art Awards
2013 Royal Queensland Artists Society, Diversity in Print Awards, second prize
  ARTiculate Prize, University of Newcastle, first prize
2012 Artstart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2010 Weereewa Works on Paper Prize, First Prize
  Feemantle Arts Centre Print Awards, Finalist
2009 ANU Emerging Artist Support Scheme, Front Gallery Award
  ANU Emerging Artist Support Scheme, Ampersand Duck Studio Residency
2008 M16 Drawing Prize, First Prize


Professional Experience

2017-21 Australian National University School of Art- Sessional Lecturer
2014-2017 Australian National University School of Art - Technical Officer
2010-2014 National Art School, Sydney – Sessional Lecturer
2009-21 Megalo Print Studio, Canberra – Workshop Tutor
2011 and 20 Megalo Print Studio, Canberra – Acting Press Studio Manager
2010 Australian National University School of Art – Sessional Lecturer
2008-11 Megalo Print Workshop – Technical Assistant
2005 Hands On Studio - Tutor, art classes for people with intelectual disabilities





Endless Transience of Being, Peter McLean at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery,  Sasha Grishan, The Canberra Times,31.8.2015 Click Here.

  Two exhibitions capture colourful and mesmerising palettes, Peter Haynes, The Canberra Times, 11.3.2019. Click here
  Fluid Cartographies Looks at People and Maps, Sasha Grishan, The Canberra Times, 23.4.2021. Link here
  Pixcel Portraits Blur Boundaries, Sasha Grishan, The Canberra Times, 11.2.2023link here.
  Get Aquainted with 'Distant Friends' and Megalo Print Studio, Jessica Cordwell, 19.2.2023 link here
Interviews Raw Ink Magazine, Issue 20, May 2013
  Distant Friends: Peter McLean, Print Council of Australia blog, click here


Public Collections




Canberra Museum and Gallery

Australian National University

State Library of Queensland

Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, NSW

Artspace Mackay, Qld

Lucid Art Foundation, California

Glen Innes Art Gallery, NSW

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