Our history

USQ Artsworx, along with USQ has a long history supporting Arts in the Toowoomba Region. Dating back to the 70s and 80s, USQ Artsworx under various names, has been providing artistic entertainment, education and opportunities to regional Queensland for over 40 years.

The early days: PERFORMANCE

The early days were heady times for the arts. The 70s and 80s saw the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education’s fledgling music and theatre program develop into one of the most celebrated and highly regarded in the nation, and from this success came the Department of Performance Arts outreach arm: Performance.

Incorporating Arts Theatre Co; Studio 9; The Acme Sausage Company Children’s Theatre; The Darling Downs Youth Theatre; The Phoenix Singers and the Toowoomba Symphony Orchestra, Performance entertained locals and gave artists the opportunity to perform for live audiences.

1992 – 2005: USQ PERFORMANCE CENTRE

In 1992, the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education became the University of Southern Queensland, and Performance become the USQ Performance Centre under which USQ arts continued to grow and evolve.

The Centre presented brimming seasons of music, theatre and exhibitions showcasing student, community and visiting artists. The seasons featured theatre; theatre restaurants; opera; Children’s Theatre Week; and even the odd Greek classic in the Toowoomba Quarry.

The USQ Performance Centre was the home of Toowoomba Concert Orchestra, USQ Sinfonia, USQ Chamber Choir and Big Band.

2003 saw the arrival of the Shakespeare in the Park Festival, held in the picturesque Queens Park Gardens featuring future stars of stage and screen before they completed their final year of study.

2006 – Current: USQ Artsworx

In late 2006, a merge with the long running McGregor School called for a new all-inclusive name: USQ ARTSWORX.

Under this banner, Artsworx acts as the production house for the University of Southern Queensland, the organiser of McGregor’s Arts Retreats and Access Workshops, as well as a performing arts venue and gallery for the broader community.

As a production house, this new era has seen the introduction of regular weeknight concerts, Friday at the Flicks, Little Village Sessions and the birth of ‘incubator’ events, which showcase student work.

The expansion of the McGregor Creative Arts, Visual Arts and Music Retreats and the creation of Access Workshops means that over a thousand professionals and enthusiasts learn, perfect and master creative skills right here in Toowoomba, every year.

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Movie


Little Miss Sunshine - Friday at the Flicks

Movie |
Enjoy your bubbles and have a giggle with a family, on the verge of breakdown, as they make their little girls dream come true.

USQ Student Short Film Night

Movie |
Celebrate the next big stars in film and TV!

Music


Cabaret - Moon Over Baker Street

Music |
Enjoy the music you love performed by the talented USQ Music Students.

Comedy


Avenue Q

Comedy |
Relive everything you loved about Sesame Street as a child, but with a much more adult feel this February!

Performance


Round Heads and Pointed Heads

Performance |
Money Calls to Money: A Tale of Horror

Acting Showcase 2018

Performance |
The final production of Company 2018 and support the stars of tomorrow.

Studio 44 - Darling Downs Revue

Performance |
Come along and be a part of our 'Live Studio Audience'

Workshop


The LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ in residence at USQ

Workshop |
Jeanie is back by popular demand! Somatic Voicework(TM) - The LoVetri Method returns to USQ Artsworx in 2019

McGregor Music Retreat 2019

Workshop |

McGregor Summer Arts Retreat 2019

Workshop |
The 51st McGregor Summer Arts Retreat | 19 classes | 7-days

Songwriting Intensive with Pat Pattison

Workshop |
Learn songwriting from the guy who literally wrote the book on contemporary songwriting!

Special-event


The Unquiet - A USQ Feature Film

Special Event | 27 Sep 2017
Don't stray from the highway... A USQ feature film.