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Ready for McGregor Summer School

Easels, clay wheels, paint brushes, musical equipment and other creative supplies stand ready for the return of the popular McGregor Summer Retreat at USQ.

Students from the age of 12 to 90 from across the country will learn music and visual and creative arts at the 52nd Retreat which starts on Sunday (January 12).

About 300 people will participate in the annual event for the opportunity to engage in short-term learning from some of Australia’s most prolific artists and musicians.

McGregor Arts Retreat is the longest running visual arts and music retreat in Australia and offers a range of workshops to suit all levels.

Included in the illustrious list of tutorage is USQ alumnus and renowned artist David Hinchliffe as well as fellow graduates Ayden Roberts (music), Nic Plowman (contemporary art) and Anthony Brink (ceramics).

In addition to the workshops, a number of events are open to the public to showcase the talents of students and artists. 

Jan 12-Feb 10

Indigenous Collection curated by David Hinchliffe

Arts Gallery A Block, USQ Toowoomba

Through passion, cultural foresight and artistic vigour, McGregor Tutor David Hinchliffe has and continues to grow a substantial Indigenous Art Collection. Through his generosity, USQ will soon be the custodian of a large portion of this collection. David has developed a keen eye and intrinsic desire to preserve the cultural heritage found in these artworks. Please welcome McGregor tutor David Hinchliffe as he presents this significant and striking collection.


Wednesday 15 January 7.30pm

McGregor Music Tutors in Concert

 Arts Theatre, USQ Toowoomba

Join us for one of the favourite events of the McGregor Summer Retreat where the music tutors present a free concert for all to enjoy. This concert features some of the best musicians in the Country playing tunes you'll be sure to love. No ticket necessary - bar open before the concert - enjoy the New Year with a fun night of fabulous music.


Thursday, January 16 5pm-7pm

Twilight Markets

 A Block Courtyard, USQ Toowoomba

Join us for the McGregor Summer Retreat Twilight Art and Craft Markets where tutors and artists from the McGregor Summer Arts Retreat will showcase and sell their original works. Peruse and purchase authentic, one-off pieces created by talented artists from across Australia. Take home your own piece of McGregor Magic - unlike any other local markets!


Friday, January 17 7.30pm

McGregor Music Students in Concert

Arts Theatre, USQ Toowoomba

Catch the talent of tomorrow today at this free concert during the McGregor Summer Retreat. Featuring the McGregor music students, come and hear what they've spent the week working together to create. No ticket necessary - bar open before the concert - enjoy the New Year with a fun night of fabulous music.

Two people next to art
Kathleen Harding and Kate Taylor