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My achievements and things I've accomplished as an artist/employee/ mental wellness advocate/writer/artist:


  1. Books

  2. Documentaries

  3. Speeches and media presentations

  4. Print media articles

  5. National and international presentations

  6. Exhibitions over twenty years

  7. Jobs

  8. Music

  9. Awards scholarships

  10. Online interviews I have written or been interviewed for

  11.  Online projects

  12.  Scholarly Articles

  13.  iBooks/eBooks


  1. Books I’ve made / written / illustrated / designed


  1. Autobiography: Recovered, Not Cured, a journey through schizophrenia (Allen & Unwin, 2002)

  2. Art Catalogue: DRAWINGS: Ireland & Morocco (2003)

  3. Art Book: Strange Currencies of Ego & Soul (2007)

  4. Comic Book: The SHRINK! …and you thought you were crazy (2010)

  5. Art Catalogue: 50 Recent Drawings (2012)

  6. Children’s Book (Supporting Royal Children’s Hospital): Grogan the Monster in… What Do You Love? (2015)

  7. Art Book of my Life’s Work: A Certain Beauty in Un-Resolution… ART; (2018)

  8. Diary of a PhD Researcher: What Are Young People's Ethical Opinions of What It Means to Be Human Both Now and in the Future Through the Lens of Technology? (2018)

  9. Recovered, Not Cured read in the first person (abridged) for ABC Radio National (2004)


2) Documentaries made on my life:
Collected Thought 3: Richard Mclean


3. National and International Speeches / Advocacy / Radio interviews and presentations  / TV appearances /


  1. Radio National 'Life Matters' program. Julie McCrossin-ABC,

  2. 'Good Morning Australia' with Steve Leidman for 'Compulsive Executions' exhibition and book launch,

  3. The Today show, (Again),

  4. Video interview with Frankie Fathers, Reuters TV (International),

  5. McGill University, (Multiple Presentations), Montreal, Canada.

  6. Triple J-Youth Network, Rachel Kerr,

  7. Stateline program on ABC TV,

  8. ‘The Drug Debate’, Jenny Brocky, ABC TV on ‘Insight’.

  9. Tricia Duffield on Radio 2SM, Sydney,

  10. Martin Powley for ABC Gold & Sunshine Coasts, QLD,

  11. Fiona Sewell for ABC Radio Adelaide, Statewide afternoons,

  12. James Valentine for ABC Radio 702,

  13. Phillip Brady & Bruce Mansfield on Radio 3AW 'Nightline',

  14. John Weeks from Spectrum FM Radio,

  15. Pieta O'Shaughnessy on Curtin Radio (Perth),

  16. Tony Wilson for Triple R (Melb),

  17. Felicity Biggins on Radio 2NUR in Newcastle,

  18. ABC National, AM Program,

  19. Channel 31 News,

  20. JOY FM, National Gay and Lesbian Broadcaster,

  21. Radio National-Life Matters-Art and Psychosis,

  22. RRR-Schizophrenia and Art with Richard Watts,

  23. Local Radio, and ABC Regional, Dubbo,




  1. Mental Health hits the Political Frontline'- article 'The Australian' after I spoke in Australian parliament,

  2. 'Rider of the storm', The Age, Michael Winkler,

  3. The Sydney Morning Herald-Reviewer Anne Deveson,

  4. 'My Descent Into Madness'- (That was an un-kind heading for the story from them don't you think?), Herald Sun,

  5. MCV (Melbourne Community Voice), Gay and lesbian Street press. 

  6. COSM (twice), Journal of Visionary art,

  7. Sydney Morning Herald article(s),


  1. Keynote speaker for 34th Annual Mental health Nurses Conference,

  2. Parliament House, Canberra, for 'SANE's Guide to Electoral Offices',

  3. Keynote speaker for the ‘Art Against Stigma’ exhibition: (Sydney).

  4. Recovered, Not Cured Book and self-narrated audiobook for ABC National

  5. Presentation for Australian Centre for Youth Literature, (ACYL)-To librarians and school teachers about deciding high school curriculum,

  6. Royal Melbourne Hospital-with MHRI-'Psychosis and Cannabis' forum, (With television interviews),

  7. School of Religious and Philosophical Studies, McGill University-Montreal,  

  8. Paragraphe Bookstore book-signing -Montreal,

  9. Douglas Hospital-(Speech and advocacy with clients of the service), Montreal,

  10. Launch-Artholes Gallery, Fitzroy, art exhibition,

  11. Mental Health Reseach Institute- (MHRI), To researchers and biochemists, and social workers/psychologists inpatients,

  12. Forensicare Psychiatric Hospital, Fairfield-To consumer groups,

  13. EPPIC* Early Prevention Psychosis, for young people, (Multiple times),

  14. Working with 'People Like You', (Many presentations in Schools, and Community groups),

  15. Author presentation for Australian Centre for Youth Literature (ACYL)-To 500 high school students, (At State Library),

  16. Baw Baw youth Network-To social workers and youth planners,

  17. Richmond Fellowship-Warnambool.-To consumers and their families,

  18. EPPIC* More talks to consumers,

  19. St Andrew's Market-Mental Health Week,

  20. Forensicare, Thomas Embling Hospital, Mental Health Week, 

  21. North West Mental Health, Consumer presentations and clients, Coburg,

  22. Personal clients,

  23. Article for about psychosis and visionary art, in Clinical Psychiatry

  24. Presentation at The State Library of Victoria for ‘Critical Autoethnography’ international conference, on growing up sexually abused and the shame of being gay.


5. Extensive exhibitions I have had over the last twenty years:


  1. 2018:

    1. Konjo Ethiopian Restaurant for Melbourne Wine and Food Festival

    2. Granary cafe, Sunshine, Melbourne.

    3. Contributor to Alex Grey's journal of Visionary Art, 'Love'.   

    4. Print Exhibition at POOF, (Pride of Our Footscray), Melbourne.

  2. 2017:

    1. Contributor to Alex Grey's journal of Visionary Art, 'Community'.

  3. 2015:

    1. Midsumma exhibition, (Group show), Gasworks Arts Park.   

    2. (Masters of Education Arts-Based Research)

  4. 2014:

    1. Solo exhibition - Sourdough Bakery, Seddon

    2. Midsumma exhibition, (Group show), Gasworks Arts Park.

    3. Inclusion in COSM Community Global Journal.

    4. Grogan the Monster Launch during mental health week raising funds for The Royal Children's Hospital

  5. 2013:

    1. Sunshine Gallery, Sunshine Community Arts Centre, Solo retrospective, 'Drawing from Past Days'.

    2. The Many Faces of Depression, Shibuya Hikari-e Building, 2-21-1 Shibuya, >    Shibuya ku, Tokyo, 4 - 12 July 2013

    3. 2013 Themes Conference, Melbourne.

  6. 2012:

    1. Open Day, Maribyrnong Council, 'Open Studios in the West'

    2.  ‘Return from Pessimism’, Gasworks Arts Park. (Solo show).

    3. ‘Hide and Seek’, Portraits from the Dax Centre.

    4. Semi-Permanent exhibited work at the new Dax Centre, Melbourne. 

    5.  ‘Tangled up in Blue Gallery’, Work exhibited.

  7. 2011:

    1. ‘Back to Basics’, Kingston Arts Centre. (Solo Show).

    2. Launch of ‘The Dax Pack’, educational resource of a film about my life, by The Dax Collection.

    3. ‘Solo Show’, Dancing Dog Café, Footscray.

    4. Artwork exhibited at: ’ The Pantechnicon Gallery’, Daylesford.

  8. 2010:

    1.  ‘Nine Lives on Subject and Subjectivity’, Cunningham Dax Collection, Parkville

    2. Artwork exhibited at:’ The Pantechnicon Gallery’, Daylesford.

  9. 2009:

    1. 'Avoiding the void', Cunningham Dax Collection

    2. Launch of 'Collected thoughts 3: Richard McLean ' DVD and featured group exhibition, Cunningham Dax Collection, Melbourne.

  10. 2008:

    1. 'The Australian Response to Ufo's and Aliens', Campbell town Arts Centre, Sydney

    2. Exhibition and book launch of ‘Ego and Soul, the visual Language of Richard McLean’, Hares and Hyenas Bookstore, Melbourne.

  11. 2007:

    1. ‘For Matthew and others, journeys with schizophrenia', Campbell town Arts Centre, Sydney (Group Show)

  12. 2006:

    1.; Experimental digital work. (now defunct).

    2. ‘Ireland & Morocco’ Travel sketches exhibition, Artholes Gallery

    3.  Publication of travel sketches, ‘Ireland & Morocco-Drawings’ (booklet sold out)

  13. 2005:

    1. 'Retrospective’, Artholes Gallery, Gertrude St, Fitzroy, (Solo Show)

    2. NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme), business EXPO, Kensington.

    3. 'Recovered Not Cured’, - North American Book Launch, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

    4. Solo Show, Gallery Gora, Montreal, Canada. Speaking at The School of Religious and Philosophical Study, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

  14. 2004:

    1. 'Travel Sketches, Ireland and Morocco- 30 drawings in 30 days', Artholes Gallery, Gertrude St, Fitzroy. Solo Show

    2.  'Self-Portrait show', Artholes Gallery, Fitzroy. (Group Show)

    3.  'Organic Landscapes', Artholes Gallery. (Group Show)

    4.  'Work of the Independents', Group Show, Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy.

  15. 2003:

    1.  'Compulsive Executions', Kingston Art Gallery, Moorabbin Town Hall.

    2.  'Recovered, Not Cured', book launch, and solo art show, Artholes Gallery, Gertrude St Fitzroy.

    3.  Group Show, Artholes Gallery, Fitzroy

  16. 1997:

    1. 'QWERTY', an exhibition of digital art, (Interactive Piece Exhibited), Linden Galleries, St Kilda, Melbourne (Group Show)

  17. 1996:

    1. 'Transform the Primitive', Kingston Art Centre, (Solo Show), Moorabbin, Melbourne

6) Employment over my life:

  1. NDIS Provider

  2. News Graphics Artist & Illustrator (The Age),

  3. News Graphics Artist & Illustrator (The Herald Sun),

  4. Academic Support Worker for people with different abilities (Victoria University),

  5. Consumer Consultant (DHS),

  6. Art Teacher, Facilitator (My own business),

  7. Public advocate for those with different abilities,

  8. Digital Artist,

  9. Web Designer,

  10. Freelance Illustrator,

  11. Public Speaker & public figure,

  12. Animal husbandry (Melbourne Zoo),

  13. Storeman / Office person (Kmart, RACV),

  14. Quality Control (John West),

  15. Kmart all-rounder (Kmart),

  16. Newspaper boy (When I was about 7!),

  17. Artist / Artist-musician.

7) Music I’ve made / albums I’ve written sung played in and recorded

  1. Five different albums you can listen to at:


8) Awards/scholarships I have acquired or been awarded


  1. ‘Diversity Scholarship’ awarded after my Masters of Education for my PhD

  2. RTS Placement for my PhD

  3. Highly Commended, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

  4. SANE Australia’s ‘Book of the Year’

9. Online interviews/articles about me or I have written

  1. On my work: Article by Rebecca Chamaa
  2. ‘The Shrink… and You Thought You Had Problems!’ On ‘The Good Men Project’:

  3. Rider of the storm by Michael Winkler, from ‘The Age’

  4. Interview by Naomi Fryers, Follow Your Passions to Make Life Bearable and Find Your True Authentic Self

  5. Article on my Documentary:

  6. Article by Makers of Melbourne:

  7. Happiness Advice From an Artist Living With Schizophrenia By Naomi Fryers:

  8. Article I wrote for my PhD and ‘The Goodmen Project’ about sexual abuse:


10) Online projects I have made

  1. (now defunct)

  2. (MEd)




11) Scholarly articles I have written

  1. McLean, Richard. Validation in Mental Health Treatment [online]. Australian Nursing Journal: ANJ, The, Vol. 17, No. 6, Dec 2009 - Jan 2010: 33. Availability:<;dn=677706465436147;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1320-3185. [cited 28 Feb 19].


12) iBooks / Ebooks (and also physical books), I’ve designed/made/illustrated & published


  1. A Certain beauty in Un-Resolution… ART;

  2. Grogan =the Monster in… What Do You Love?

  3. Drawing, Recent work by Richard McLean

  4. Drawings from Ireland & Morocco:

  5. Diary of a Phd Researcher: What Are Young People's Ethical Opinions of What It Means to Be Human Both Now and in the Future Through the Lens of Technology?


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