ACU McGlade Gallery at Strathfield

The McGlade Gallery is a hub for the creative community in Sydney’s inner west.

Through a program of curated exhibitions, the gallery focusses on the work of talented locals including current students, staff and ACU alumni, as well as other artists and designers who live and work nearby.

Highlights from the annual McGlade Gallery calendar include the Hidden Satellite Exhibition, a behind the scenes glimpse into the creative processes of artists exhibiting in the HIDDEN sculpture prize at Rookwood Cemetery; the Clancy Prize and HSC Showcase, both of which turn the spotlight on talented secondary students within the Sydney Catholic Schools network; and the end of year Graduate Exhibition which celebrates the achievements of ACU Strathfield’s final-year visual arts and design students.

In addition to welcoming the public, the gallery plays a pivotal role in teaching and learning at ACU Strathfield. Through initiatives like The Local, students are given the opportunity to exhibit side-by-side with industry professionals. And throughout the year, the McGlade gallery serves as an incubator space for students’ ideas.

Entry to all exhibitions in the McGlade Gallery is free and the gallery has wheelchair access via the Gate 2 entrance.

2023 Exhibitions

Title: HIDDEN 2023 Satellite Show 

Description: a behind-the-scenes peek at the artistic processes involved in selected works from the HIDDEN 2023 sculpture prize at Rookwood General Cemetery. 

Duration: 14 October – 4 November 2023 

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2023 Graduate Exhibition

Title:  2023 Graduate Exhibition

Description: Visual arts and design students from ACU Strathfield celebrate the culmination of their creative educations in this annual exhibition.

Duration: 15-25 November 2023

Doug Purnell: Beyond Words

Title: Doug Purnell: Beyond Words

Description: artist and theologian Doug Purnell presents a suite of abstract paintings which seek to evoke a contemplative chapel space in the vein of Modernist master Mark Rothko.

Duration: 2-19 December 2023

More info

The McGlade Gallery is located on ACU’s Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary) at 25a Barker Road, Strathfield.

It is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm, during exhibition periods.

Getting there

  • Sydney bus #483 from Strathfield or Burwood station
  • Strathfield Railway Station 20 minute walk
  • By car via Parramatta Road from city, or M4 Motorway from Western; parking is available on Barker Road, or the car park adjacent to Gallery building (enter via Gate 3)
ACU Gallery
Locked Bag 2002
Strathfield NSW 2135

Dr Tracey Clement

In addition to being the McGlade Gallery Coordinator, Tracey is a Lecturer in visual arts and design as well as being a practising artist and arts writer.


Diane Merrilees

Diane provides technical support for visual arts and design students as well as supporting the gallery.


Phone: 9701 4140

Gallery specifications

  • Three gallery areas
  • Floor to ceiling height: three metres
  • Loading dock location: access via front or rear gallery doors from Barker Road
  • Air-conditioning
  • Lighting: adjustable track (spots) and house (down lighting)
  • Hanging system: adjustable track and line
  • Floor: grey slate tile and floorboards
  • Security (cameras, alarms and regular security patrols)
  • Adjacent space for video/film presentations.

It is a requirement of the ACU Gallery at Strathfield that artist(s) and/or other exhibitors are responsible for the following:

  • installation and maintenance of the exhibition (with pre-arranged assistance of gallery staff)
  • an opening event including the provision of refreshments
  • catalogue and invitation (the design of all promotional material must include the ACU logo and be approved by University Relations)
  • provision of a gallery attendant for the duration of the exhibition (unless otherwise organised with gallery staff)
  • prior to the exhibition the artist(s) must provide the gallery with a list of the artworks to be exhibited and their market valuation
  • a commission will be payable on any artworks sold during exhibition, negotiable on a case-by-case basis.

Hiring the gallery

The ACU Gallery at Strathfield is available for hire for private and corporate functions. Hiring charges are available on request from Campus Operations, telephone 02 9701 4266.

Additional services and facilities available within the university:

  • audio visual equipment
  • catering.

The McGlade Gallery invites expressions of interest (EOIs) from artists and designers with strong connections to Strathfield and the surrounding area.

Are you a former student at ACU Mount St Mary? Did you grow up in the area? Do you currently live locally or work nearby? If so, we would love to hear your exhibition ideas!

Your EOI should include:

  1. Name, address and contact details
  2. A brief outline of your conceptual concerns and your relationship to the local area
  3. A short description of the type of work you’d like to show
  4. 5-10 low res jpg images of your work + complete captions
  5. A short CV

Send your proposal to:

Dr Tracey Clement: McGlade Gallery Coordinator

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