Our history

Artsworx, along with USQ has a long history supporting Arts in the Toowoomba Region. Dating back to the 70s and 80s, 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.

1987 – 2005: USQ PERFORMANCE CENTRE

In 1987, Performance became 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 USQ Performance Centre was home to the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra, USQ Sinfonia, USQ Chamber Choir and Big Band. The seasons featured theatre; theatre restaurants; opera; Children’s Theatre Week; and even the odd Greek classic in the Toowoomba Quarry.

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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Workshop


Learning Music through A Cappella Singing with Helen Russell

Workshop | 24 Oct 2017
Learn the beauty of A cappella singing from one of Australia’s foremost teachers.

Casus Circus Workshops

Workshop | 21 Nov 2017
Come join the circus!

Masterclass: Jazz, Pop & Rock

Workshop | 7 Jan 2018
An intensive 4-day masterclass for singers and teachers of Singing.

McGregor Music Summer 2018

Workshop | 7 Jan 2018
A seven-day contemporary music retreat - prefect for emerging musicians looking to master their art!

McGregor Summer Arts Retreat 2018

Workshop | 7 Jan 2018
7-day creative and visual arts retreat for people of all skill levels.

McGregor Autumn Retreat 2018

Workshop | 24 Mar 2018
A stunning backdrop, mouth-watering food, delicious wine and tutors you won’t find anywhere else in Queensland!

Music


Alumni Trio at Twilight

Music | 25 Oct 2017
Presented by the USQ Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

An evening with Horace Stevens

Music | 30 Oct 2017
A tribute to Horace Stevens by USQ students David Hibbard and John Woods

The Wizard of Oz Down Under - Darling Downs Revue

Music | 10 Nov 2017
Come on an adventure to Oz.....down under.

Kate Miller-Heidke

Music | 12 Jan 2018
Currently her only Queensland performance for 2018

Movie


Short Film Night

Movie | 27 Oct 2017
Showcasing the next big names in Australian film…

Performance


Ten - Company 2017 Movement Showcase

Performance | 27 Oct 2017
A showcase of short movement works developed and performed by the graduating actors of 2017.

Casus Circus - Driftwood

Performance | 22 Nov 2017
A breathtakingly beautiful and eye-wateringly difficult acrobatic circus which is fun for the whole family.

Red Racing Hood

Performance | 28 Aug 2018
Join Red and Gran, on a medium slot car track, as they fight to overcome the Major and win The Grinalong Classic!

Comedy


USQ Acting Showcase 2017

Comedy | 3 Nov 2017
After three intense years of spectacular performances, the graduate actors from Company 2017 are ready to present their skills and capabilities to the professional industry.

Art


GraduArt 2017

Art | 3 Nov 2017
The next generation of artists on display.