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.

In addition to welcoming the public, the gallery plays a pivotal role in teaching and learning at ACU Strathfield. Through initiatives like the annual exhibition 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.

Other highlights from the annual McGlade Gallery calendar include three dynamic exhibitions 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.

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

2024 Exhibitions

Jennifer Pruyn, Assemblage (detail)

Title: Utility

Description: Students from Visual Art & Design and Design & Technology show together in this group exhibition which showcases the breadth of creative talent at ACU Strathfield.

Duration: 19 February - 8 March 2024

Andrew Dinh showing a guest his work

Title: HSC Showcase 2023

Description: Young artists from the Sydney Catholic Schools network present their HSC works.

Duration: 23-28 March 2024

Wai Han Lee, The Self (detail), ACU student

Title: SCS and ACU Portraiture Prize

Description: In this inaugural initiative students from Sydney Catholic Schools and ACU Strathfield offer fresh perspectives on portraiture. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of workshops and talks open to the public, so watch this space!

Duration: 3-16 May 2024

Logo designed by ACU student Elaina Kazouris

Title: The Local 2024

Description: In the second edition of our annual showcase of homegrown talent ACU Strathfield's students and staff shine side-by-side with local artist Nelson Nghe. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of workshops open to the public, so watch this space!

Duration: 20 July - 7 Sept 2024

Clancy Prize 2023 winner Nelson Fasavalu, Experienced, Encountered, Elevate (detail)

Title: The Clancy Prize

Description: The annual Clancy Religious Art Prize Exhibition showcases the creativity and talent of selected secondary students from Sydney Catholic Schools.

Duration: 20-26 Sept 2024

Lexie Downie, Fractured Innocence (detail), 2023 graduate

Title: 2024 Graduate Exhibition

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

Duration: 14-23 November 2024

Tracey Clement, Soft Science: Make Do and Mend, 100% second-hand materials

Title: Recirculate

Description: This new initiative showcases the strategies both well-known professional artists and ACU Strathfield students are using to create art in sustainable ways. Presented in conjunction with international Buy Nothing Day, all of the artworks in this group exhibition will be made from second-hand, recycled and/or re-used materials.

Duration: 29 Nov - 14 Dec 2024

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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