Andrea McLean studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall, UK, and postgraduate painting at The Slade School of Art, London, where she won an Abbey Scholarship year to the British School at Rome. She has had solo exhibitions in London, Bleddfa, Abergavenny and Great Torrington in Devon. She was Gloucester Cathedral’s Artist in Residence for a year and her group exhibitions include The Edge of Printing, Royal Academy Keeper’s House; Drawing Breath, Jerwood Prize touring exhibition; Flashback, Art Space Gallery, London; and Mapping Inspirations, Hereford Cathedral. 

Andrea features in the book Paintings and Confessions by Tess Jaray RA. She has created a Golgonooza Map for the Blake Society and continues to make drawings and paintings about medieval maps and dream mythology in her studio in Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK. Andrea’s circular Mappa Mundi painting is in the British Library’s collection on display near the Map Room.

Solo Exhibitions

2023Mythos, The Sanctuary Gallery, Newnham on Severn, Gloucestershire
2021Traherne Talk & Artwork Display, Civic Society, Ledbury
2019The Dream-Map & The Reflective Landscape, The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny
2018Imaging Maps & Painting Dreams, The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon
2016Creative in Residence Exhibition, Hereford College of Arts
Artwork Display at the Thomas Traherne Festival, Credenhill
2015Yarpole Bell Tower Residency Exhibition
2014 Sir Terry Frost Gallery, King's School, Worcester
2012Paintings and Etchings, Shell House Gallery, Ledbury
2011The Tree of Jesse, Abergavenny Arts and Music Festival
2010The Bleddfa Centre, Wales
2004Turning World, Art Space Gallery, London
Bell Wheels, Rochester Art Gallery
Mapping the Place of the Wolf, Bleddfa Art Centre, Wales
Jesse Tree, St Mary’s Priory Church and The Art Shop, Abergavenny
2002The Flower of All Cities, Art Space Gallery, London
The Flower of All Cities, Gloucester Cathedral
The Flower of All Cities, Works on Paper, Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
2000A Vision of a Wolf on Kingsland High Street, Art Space Gallery, London
1999Barbican Library Exhibition, Barbican Centre, London
1996Journey across the Sky, Sutton House London
1995Mostra, British School at Rome

Group Exhibitions

2023Spirit of Fire, Pentecost Exhibition, Kingsland Church, Herefordshire
2022Shield of Achilles, Herefordshire Art Week, Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan
2020Eden, Restoring Paradise, Garden's Gallery, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham
2019Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
Thomas Traherne Festival exhibition, All Saints, Hereford
Gardens & Hedgerows Summer Exhibition, The Art Shop, Abergavenny
Sumer is a-Cumin in Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley
2018Gardens & Hedgerows The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny
Good and Bad Government Thames-side studios gallery, London
2017Mapping Inspirations Mappa Mundi Museum, Hereford Cathedral
2016The Edge of Printing, curated by Tess Jaray RA, Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts
2012Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2011Opening exhibition, The Shell House Gallery, Ledbury
Flashback, Art Space Gallery, London
Summer exhibition, The Art Shop and Gallery, Abergavenny
2010Malvern Library Gallery – Unsung Heroes Part two
2009Unsung Heroes, The Courtyard Theatre and Art Centre, Hereford
Cragie Aitchison and Supporting Artists, The Art Shop, Abergavenny
Artist in the Garden, The Art Shop, Abergavenny
Herefordshire Art Week, Open Studios event
2008A Contemporary Mappa Mundi, The British Library
All We See is Vision, The Burgage Hall, Ledbury Poetry Festival
2007Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, also 2004, ‘03, ‘02, ‘01, 2000, 1999, 1998 and 1997
Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition, Drawing Breath
The Blake Birthday Book, The House of William Blake, London
2006Art for Amnesty, Ledbury, Herefordshire
2005Landscape and Topography, Hereford City Art Gallery and Museum
2004New York Field, the lab gallery, Lexington Avenue, NY, USA
Hereford Art Week, Queenswood Arboretum
The River, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall
With magic in my eyes, Museum of Modern Art, Wales
Visions of London, Art Space Gallery, London
Paintings in Hospitals, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Fosterart, Shoreditch, London
Paintings, Capel-y-finn, Hay Festival of Literature fringe event, also 2003
Presteigne Annual Exhibition, Powys, Wales
2003Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, London and Manchester
A Book of Maps, Dennis Potter Room, Ross-on-Wye Public Gallery
2002Draw-in, A Festival of Drawing in Gloucestershire, Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Artistree, Ledbury Poetry Festival
Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London
2001Garden of Earthly Delights, Art Space Gallery, London
149th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2000Blake’s Heaven: A Tribute to William Blake, Scolar Fine Art, London
5th Mondiale Print Triennial, Galerie d’Art Contemporian de Chamalières, France
Post-it Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts, London
1999Kulturni Centre Srecko, Senzana, Slovenia
Kulturni Centre Ivan Napotnik, Velenje, Slovenia. Mestni Muzeji Idrija
1998Royal Overseas League Annual Exhibition, London, Manchester & Edinburgh
Recent Graduates, Art Space Gallery, London.
1997Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham, Lincolnshire and Humberside
1995Making a Mark, Mall Galleries, London
1994Doppleganger and In Vino Veritas, British School at Rome
1992Foyer Exhibition, Business Design Centre, London
1991Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, London

Awards and Residencies

2020Andrea’s painting ‘A Contemporary Mappa Mundi’ on display at The British Library
2015-16 Creative in Residence at Hereford College of Arts
2014Artist in Residence at Booth Bookshop during the Hay Festival
2010Artist in Residence, The Bleddfa Centre, Powys
2007‘A Map of all Maps’, St Pancras Project, London
2006Shortlisted for the John Moores 24, Liverpool biennial
2005Artist-in-Residence, Hereford Cathedral
Finalist for the Prince of Wales Bursary for the Arts
2004Artist-in-Residence, Bleddfa Art Centre, Powys, Wales
2003Shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award
2002Artist-in-Residence, Gloucester Cathedral October 2001- September 2002
1999Artist-in-Residence, Sinji Vrh, Slovenia
1998Prize Winner, Royal Academy of Arts
1997Award winner, Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition
1995Abbey Major Scholarship in Painting, British School at Rome
1994Slade Bursary, University College London

Lectures, Workshops and Teaching

Andrea become a Faculty tutor for the Royal Drawing School in 2020 where she teaches in Shoreditch London, and online.  


2024MA Symposium Keynote Speaker, Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, Middlesex University London
2024Presenting an illustrated Talk & Workshops at The Pari Center, Tuscany
2024Faculty Tutor Royal Drawing School: 'Blake', 'Mapping', and 'Mythology' courses
2023Faculty Tutor for the Royal Drawing School: 'Pilgrimage', 'Mythology', and 'Mapping' courses
2022 Tutor for 'Mapping : Internal Landscapes' online courses Royal Drawing School
2022Tutor on 'Mythologies : Drawing Narratives' online courses Royal Drawing School
2020Day Tutor with slide talk 'Mapping within the Circle' Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch, London
2019Illustrated Talk 'The Dream Map & The Reflective Landscape' The Chapel, Abergavenny
2018Illustrated Talk 'The Celestial Stranger' Traherne Festival
2017Fourteen week course 'Landscapes of the Imagination' in partnership with Dr Anna Stenning
2016Illustrated talk, Traherne Association Festival, Credenhill
2012Illustrated talk, 3rd July 2012 at Ledbury Poetry Festival
2011Illustrated talk, 18th January 2011 at The Blake Society AGM, St Ann’s Reference Centre, London
2010Began MA in Art, Health and Wellbeing, part time at Birmingham University
2009Illustrated talk ‘Visionary Maps’, Herefordshire Art Week
2008A series of workshops for the Herefordshire Parkinsons Society Painting Group
2006Visiting Artist, Krishnamurti Foundation School of Art, Varanasi, India
2005Artist’s Talk ‘A Contemporary Mappa Mundi’, Hereford Cathedral
2004Two days of workshops for eight pupils of St Mary’s School, Rochester
2003Public Lecture, Cheltenham, University of Gloucestershire
2002One term of part time teaching of first year degree students, Cheltenham
2001One day workshop at The Museum of Childhood, London
short presentation at the opening of 'The Edge of Printing' RA
Qualified for NAPA Provision of Activities in a Care Setting diploma
Illustrated talk ‘The Therapeutic Nature of Painting’, MDF bipolar group, Hereford
Gallery talk and discussion ‘The Creative Process’, The Bleddfa Centre
Took part in the filming of the BBC4 series ‘The Art of Maps’
An weekly art class for the ABI (acquired brain injury) unit of Ledbury Community Hospital
Talk for students at Hereford Art College
Talk for two groups of year 10 pupils at Elsdale School, Hereford
Slide Talk, Rochester Art Gallery
Slide Talk and discussion with Dr David Brancaleone, The Angel, Abergavenny
Slide Talk for Foundation Course students, Cheltenham Art School
Artist’s Talk, Gloucester Cathedral
A weekly workshop for a term at the Widden Family Centre, Gloucester
Public Lecture, Cheltenham Art School
Visiting Artist, Slade School of Art, London


2015MA Art, Health & Well-BeingBirmingham School of Art & Design
1994Postgraduate PaintingSlade School of Art
1991BA Fine ArtFalmouth School of Art
2017Teaching Certificate - FEHerefordshire & Ludlow College/Warwick University

Public Collections

The British Library
The Bleddfa Centre
Central Books, London
The British School at Rome