The McGlade Gallery is located in Sydney’s inner west, near Sydney’s Bicentennial Park (which boasts sculptural and environmentally based artworks). The gallery is part of the NSW Regional Galleries Association.

The gallery works to further the University’s mission through its focus on the spiritual, social and ethical dimensions of artistic practice. Since its inception in 2001, the gallery has hosted exhibitions on the icon in Australian religious culture, calligraphy as a religious practice and on ikebana as a living example of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

The gallery plays a pivotal support role for the teaching and learning of visual arts and design. It acts as an important forum for showcasing student works at professional industry standards, and continues to develop a visual dialogue within and between studio practices and the wider art and design industries. Each year there are a series of student survey shows that culminate in the annual graduation exhibition in November.

The gallery also acts as an important site of community engagement, offering the general public access and exposure to a wide range and high standard of visual culture. It aims to be inclusive of all artistic endeavours from across all cultures and creeds.

Entry to all of the gallery’s exhibitions, held regularly throughout the year, is free of charge and the gallery has wheelchair access via the automatic doors’ entrance.

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

Lachlan Warner

Lachlan is the coordinator of ACU’s gallery at Strathfield. Besides lecturing in the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design course, Lachlan independently curates several exhibitions each year on diverse themes around living cultures and religions. Recently he co-curated, with Rev. Dr Doug Purnell, a contemporary re-engagement with the Stations of the Cross, where 16 leading Australian artists created visual responses to the Stations. His own artwork addresses issues in Buddhist practice.


(02) 9701 4256

Diane Merrilees

Diane provides technical support for students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design and helps Lachlan with the running of the gallery.


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 gallery at Strathfield welcomes proposals for exhibitions in the areas of painting, printmaking, photography, design, video, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, and installations. A proposal must be forwarded to the gallery and should include the following:

  1. Name, address and contact details
  2. Conceptual concerns
  3. Material qualities of work: dimensions and quantities
  4. CD-ROM or slides of work
  5. CV and any reviews of work

Address your proposal to:

ACU Gallery@Strathfield Coordinator
School of Arts, NSW
Locked Bag 2002
Strathfield, NSW 2135

Ph: 02 9701 4256

Student Survey Show from 2017

19 Feb – 2 March

You’re invited to view the Student Survey Show of works from 2017. Best of the Studio programmes in painting, photo, ceramics and Graphic design.

Clancy Prize for Secondary School Religious Art 2018

16  –  29 March

You’re invited to view the Clancy Prize entries for Secondary School Religious Art for this year.

Fan Dongwang - Shifting East, West, North and South

18 April – 12 May

You’re invited to view Fan Dongwang- Shifting East, West, North and South the exhibition. Opening on Wednesday 18 April and exhibition is open on weekdays including Saturdays 21, 28 April, 6, 12 May.

Student Survey Show from Semester 1 2018

30 July – 10 August

You’re invited to view the Student Survey Show of works from Semester 1 2018. Best of the Studio programmes in Drawing, Ceramics, Graphic Design and Printmaking

Danica Knezevic - Performance Works

30 August – 22 September

You’re invited to view Danica Knezevic’s Performance Works.

Danica Knezevic is inspired by the individual’s search for self and identity, that is, what lies between visibility and invisibility. She searches for the self through performance and immersive audiovisual experiences. She draws on the work of psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut to examine the intimate relationships within the self. The artist’s family history and cultural heritage is the catalyst for her work. She questions her origin and expresses this through self-aware and self-referential artworks.

Opening on Thursday 30 August. The exhibition is open on weekday and and on Saturdays 1, 9, 15 and 22 September.

The PIXEL Prize

10  – 27 October

You’re invited to view The Pixel Prize exhibition.

The Pixel Prize is open to high school students from Australia (New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland) and from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka who have a passion for photography and graphic design. The Pixel Prize encourages students to address a topical theme through a creative, visual medium. Young image makers will be given the opportunity to connect with a photographic and design community and share their work with friends, family and the public.

Judged by Sandy Edwards on Friday 5 October and exhibition opens on Wednesday 10 October.

The exhibition is open on weekday and on Saturdays 13, 20, 27 October.

Bachelor of Visual Art and Design (BVAD) Graduation Exhibition

14 – 24 November

You’re invited to view this year’s Bachelor of Visual Art and Design (BVAD) Graduation Show.

The show will exhibit a diverse body of works including installation, sculpture, casting, printmaking, painting, drawing, artist books and photography.

Opening on Wednesday 14 November at 6pm, the exhibition will be welcoming visitors every week day including Saturdays, 17 and 24 November.

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