Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications relating to Fine Art practice

2010 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art,  Hereford College of Art ( Higher Education Centre Prizewinner)

2008 F.D.A.  Fine Art,  Hereford

2006 City & Guilds N.V.Q. Assessors Certificate

2000 City & Guilds Further Education Teachers Certificate


2001 – 2023 Took part in h’Art each September

2005 – 2014 Studio based work,  talks and workshops with local societies and groups. Initiated and taught experimental Drawing group at Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley

1990 – 2005  Lecturer Royal Forest of Dean College

Community Arts Project Leader in Hospitals and Centres in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire

1980 – 1990  Retail experience in Bookselling, running Galleries and Craft Workshops

1970  – 1980  Early career as State Registered Nurse /Registered General Nurse

Recent Selected Exhibitions

2023   Laden with Fruit Exhibition  Chained Library, Hereford Cathedral

2022- 23  Book Arts at Ledbury Poetry Festival

2019 BookArts 19 Ledbury Poetry Festival

2019 R.W.A. Open, Bristol

2018 BookArts 18, Ledbury Poetry Festival

2017 R.W.A. Open, Bristol

2016 R.W.A. Open Bristol

2016 BookArts 16, Ledbury Poetry Festival

2015 2016,2017  BookArts , Ledbury Poetry Festival

2015 R.W.A. Open , Bristol

2014 R.W.A. Open Bristol

2013 R.W.A. Open Bristol

2013 Hereford Open 

2013 BookArts13 Shellhouse gallery, Ledbury Poetry Festival

2012 R.A. Summer Show, London

R.W A. Open, Bristol

2011 Hereford Open, Hereford

R.W.A. Open, Bristol

2010  R.W.A. Open, Bristol

Hereford Open, Hereford

2009  Summer Show, R.K. Burt gallery, Union St. London

Artistree  Summer Show, Ledbury Poetry Festival

2008  Unsung Heroes, Courtyard Arts Centre,  Hereford

Personal Landscapes,  Brecon Theatre

Regenerator : U.W.E. altered Books project Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol

2007  Palace Art-fest, Bishops palace, Hereford

2002 – 2015 Opened Studio each year during Hereford Art Week

Published Books and Articles

2014    Edward Thomas – Paintings and Drawings by Valerie McLean, Fineleaf Editions

2012     Kilpeck and the Romanesque in Herefordshire.   Fineleaf Editions

2007     May Hillpaintings and drawings by Valerie McLean, published by Fine Leaf Editions

2005-7  Regular contributor to Residential and Nursing Care,  re:  Creative and Reminiscence activity for Elderly Care Residents

2003      Time to Remember,  Introducing Reminiscence into Elderly Care,  published by Elderly Care Books

1999       Only Old Once, Introducing Creativity into Elderly Care, published by Elderly care Books

Public Collections

Hereford City Gallery

University of the West of England Library Artists’  Book Collection

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