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.


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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Once upon a time in the west - Friday at the Flicks

Movie |
One of the greatest films ever made enjoyed with a glass of red and a made to order cheese platter!

Road to Nhill - Friday at the Flicks

Movie |
An all-star cast that will leave you in stitches!

Wings of Desire - Friday at the Flicks

Movie |
There are angels on the streets of Berlin…and goodies to be consumed while you observe them!

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!


Guitar Sessions with Doug de Vries

Music | 20 Aug 2017
One of Australia’s foremost guitarists at USQ Artsworx for one night only!


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


Red Racing Hood

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

Round Heads and Pointed Heads

Performance |
Money Calls to Money: A Tale of Horror


Workshop: Learn music theory the easy way with Helen Russell

Workshop |
A Cappella Ear Training with Helen Russell

Workshop: Learn music theory the easy way with Helen Russell

Workshop |
A Cappella Ear Training with Helen Russell

Guitar Workshop: Jazz, Bossa Nova and Accompaniment with Doug de Vries

Workshop |
Learn to create a true Bossa Nova and Samba sound!

Workshop: Archival clamshell box making with Brodie Taylor

Workshop |
Create an elegant presentation box for your prints

McGregor Spring Arts Retreat

Workshop |
Join us in Toowoomba during the garden city’s most vibrant season for a weekend of collaboration, connection and creation.

Somatic Voicework(TM) - The LoVetri Method

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

McGregor Summer Arts Retreat 2019

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

Love and Information

7 sections & 100 characters in a play which asks us to question how meaning is constructed.