The Clancy Prize

The Clancy Prize

The annual Clancy Prize Exhibition is open to all Sydney Catholic Schools secondary students. It is a celebration of our students’ creativity and spirituality, expressed through visual arts, inspired by Cardinal Edward Clancy.

“Religion and art have been closely related from earliest times. Art has always been at the service of religion and religion at the service of art.
At a time when our society seems to be losing its civilising values, religious art is a powerful force in the service of humanity”.
Cardinal Edward Clancy, 2009


Family love: A vocation and a path to holiness.
Pope Francis

Theme Information

Previous Winners

2019 Winners
  • The Clancy Prize
    – $2,000 awarded to winning student
    – $2,000 awarded to teacher of winning student
  • The Executive Director’s Award
    – $1,000 awarded to winning student (artwork Exhibited for 12 months at St Martha’s, Leichhardt)
    – $1,000 awarded to the winning school
  • Brian Jordan Prize – $1,000
  • The Monsignor Doherty Prize – $500
  • Packing Room Prize – $250
  • ACU School of Arts and Sciences will award three x $100 prizes
  • ACU School of Education will award three x $100 prizes
  • Sponsors’ Awards – $250
  • 13 December 2019: Register interest
  • 24 February 2020: Submit artist’s statements
  • 2 – 4 March 2020: Send in work
  • 13 March 2020: Prize awarded
  • 13 – 27 March 2020: Exhibition
Letter to Principals
Clancy Conditions of Entry
Instructions for Preparing Canvases
Artist Statement
School Submission Form

The exhibition is held at ACU McGlade Gallery, Strathfield Campus.

This is a gallery venue of professional standard. The exhibition formally opens on Friday 13 March 2020 at 6:00pm, and will then be open each day (except Sundays and Public Holidays) from 11.00am – 4.00pm until Friday 27 March 2020.

School visits to the exhibition are welcome.

For booking and further details please contact Diane Merrilees at ACU on (02) 9701 4140 or email

Debbie Fenton, Sydney Catholic Schools on
(02) 9568 8101 or
0419 302 458 or

or email for any queries in regards to the exhibition.

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