Nature inspires creativity

Creative arts students from around Australia will converge on USQ Fraser Coast for McGregor on the Bay
Regarded as the jewel in Queensland’s crown and the ‘whale watch capital of the world’, Hervey Bay will be the picture-perfect backdrop for an exciting line-up of arts master-classes this September.

The University of Southern Queensland’s fifth annual McGregor on the Bay will offer six visual and creative arts classes in celebration of the region’s natural beauty.

McGregor School’s Coordinator, Christine Matthews asks the question, ‘what better way to celebrate natural beauty than to put brush to canvas or pen to paper at a long-weekend creative arts retreat?

‘This year, we are delighted to have secured six leading national artists for our Hervey Bay retreat.

‘Each tutor will bring a wealth of wisdom and practical experience to their respective workshop, ranging from painting to photography to creative writing.’

The four-day intensive workshops will be presented at USQ’s Hervey Bay campus, located just a short drive from stunning scenery, wonderful walking beaches, sub tropical rainforest and a wealth of historical buildings.

The balmy springtime climate and picturesque scenery will provide an idyllic setting for creativity and ample opportunity for inspiration.

Leading national artists and highly sought-after tutors, Mignon Parker, Clive Sinclair and Cernak will offer classes in Acrylic & Mixed Media, Watercolours and Mixed Media respectively.

Sydney artist, Mignon Parker’s class will focus on working in miniature, giving participants the opportunity to explore and experiment with many mediums and techniques including gold leaf, pen and ink, collage, faux finishes and, most importantly, the imagination!

Melbourne water-colourist Clive Sinclair will offer an advanced class in the magic of watercolour focussing on landscapes with an occasional still life; while Brisbane artist, Cernak’s class will acknowledge the important link of art to life.

‘For the creative arts enthusiasts, there are three diverse classes to choose from; digital photography, calligraphy and creative writing.’

Acclaimed Bundaberg author, Sandy Curtis will focus on the art of writing romance for novels across a range of genres and Queensland calligrapher,

Mark Beaumont will offer an all-levels, user-friendly introduction and exploration of the beautiful art of calligraphy.

Toowoomba photographer, Don Hildred’s digital photography workshop will appeal to anyone keen to gain a better understanding of their SLR camera and the most up-to-date photographic software.

With a maximum of just ten spaces available in each, these workshops have been designed to give participants more individual attention in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

McGregor on the Bay will run from 21-24 September - for further information and to enrol, contact 07 4631 2755 or visit

Media Contact: Michelle Fox, USQ Artsworx, +61 7 4631 1114 or 0439 911 623

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