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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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 7-day music retreat 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.

Guitar Workshop - Contemporary Fingerstyle with Adam Miller

Workshop | 9 Mar 2018
A workshop in fingerstyle guitar with a focus on creating different feels and improvisation

Workshop: Learn music theory the easy way with Helen Russell

Workshop | 20 Mar 2018
A Cappella Ear Training with Helen Russell

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!

Workshop: Printmaking with Stephen Spurrier

Workshop | 12 Apr 2018
Learn printmaking from USQ’s master printmaker

Workshop: Learn music theory the easy way with Helen Russell

Workshop | 15 May 2018
A Cappella Ear Training with Helen Russell

Guitar workshop - Improvisation with Anthony Garcia

Workshop | 30 Jun 2018
A workshop in the art of solo and ensemble improvisation

Workshop: Printmaking Postcards with Jennifer Long

Workshop | 1 Jul 2018
Creating postcards on paper through printmaking

Workshop: Learn music theory the easy way with Helen Russell

Workshop | 17 Jul 2018
A Cappella Ear Training with Helen Russell

Workshop: Learn music theory the easy way with Helen Russell

Workshop | 21 Aug 2018
A Cappella Ear Training with Helen Russell

Workshop: Learn music theory the easy way with Helen Russell

Workshop | 18 Sep 2018
A Cappella Ear Training with Helen Russell

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

Workshop | 21 Sep 2018
Learn to create a true Bossa Nova and Samba sound!

Workshop: Archival clamshell box making with Brodie Taylor

Workshop | 24 Sep 2018
Create an elegant presentation box for your prints

Special Event

Summer Retreat Week

Special Event | 7 Jan 2018
A Calendar of FREE Events to Celebrate the 50th McGregor Summer School! Includes Markets, concerts and exhibitions.


Kate Miller-Heidke - SOLD OUT

Music | 12 Jan 2018
Kate Miller-Heidke with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra in Toowoomba for one night only!

Guitar Sessions with Adam Miller

Music | 9 Mar 2018
A soulful and dextrous take on contemporary fingerstyle guitar.

Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat King Cole

Music | 17 Mar 2018
Take a journey through the music and life of Nat King Cole.

Something in the Water

Music | 23 Mar 2018
Showcasing Toowoomba’s local music talent!

Virtuoso Australian Music for Piano

Music | 20 Apr 2018
Two musicians, four hands, one piano.

Little Village Sessions: Twilight on the trail

Music | 4 May 2018
A collaborative concert featuring Jen Mize and Mark Sholtez

Classic Album

Music | 8 Jun 2018
Revisiting the touchstone albums, celebrated songwriters and memorable music moments from the past!

Guitar Sessions with Anthony Garcia

Music | 29 Jun 2018
A fusing of ancient and contemporary guitar styles

An Evening with Richard Gill

Music | 20 Jul 2018
Asking the question: is music indispensable in today’s educational programs?

Guitar Sessions with Doug de Vries

Music | 21 Sep 2018
One of Australia’s foremost guitarists at USQ Artsworx for one night only!


Music | 18 Oct 2018
Enjoy the music you love performed by the talented USQ Music Students.


The Big Sleep - Friday at the Flicks

Movie | 23 Feb 2018
An all-time rocker-shocker enjoyed with a side of wine and cheese.

When We Were Kings - Friday at the Flicks

Movie | 16 Mar 2018

Out of Africa - Friday at the Flicks

Movie | 18 May 2018
Based on a true story, you can enjoy this epic masterpiece at USQ Artsworx!

Melancholia - Friday at the Flicks

Movie | 15 Jun 2018
Enjoy it while it lasts – with a drink and a cheese platter!

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

Movie | 27 Jul 2018
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 | 17 Aug 2018
An all-star cast that will leave you in stitches!

Wings of Desire - Friday at the Flicks

Movie | 14 Sep 2018
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 | 26 Oct 2018
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 | 9 Nov 2018
Celebrate the next big stars in film and TV!


Romeo and Juliet - Three Ways

Performance | 27 Apr 2018
A trilogy of short plays each exploring a different theme from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.


Performance | 31 May 2018
A celebration of community and a look at family connection in working class Australia.

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!

Round Heads and Pointed Heads

Performance | 11 Oct 2018
Money Calls to Money: A Tale of Horror

Love and Information

| 6 Sep 2018
7 sections & 100 characters in a play which asks us to question how meaning is constructed.