Welcome to USQ Artsworx

Supporting emerging and professional artists since 1987, Artsworx is an established arts venue and production house based in Queensland’s largest in-land city, Toowoomba.

What we do

Entertain, collaborate and create!

Working with students, professional artists and industry, we create an annual season of high quality, engaging and entertaining artistic experiences and events from our location on campus at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Toowoomba.

The Artsworx team prides itself on excellent events, friendly service and a genuine passion for the arts. Our location and connection to USQ enables us to generate current artistic content that aligns with contemporary arts teaching and study.

As well as our signature experiences, which our audience has grown to love, Artsworx offers a variety of independent theatre, music, film and art productions annually.

Signature experiences

The famous McGregor Arts Retreats have a long history and incredible reputation among Australian artists. Covering visual arts, creative arts and music, McGregor Retreats are a great chance to learn a new skill, foster a talent or master your craft.

McGregor Retreats

A classic film, a comfy chair and affordable food and beverage, Friday at the Flicks is a monthly movie experience where you’ll get the opportunity to view classic, significant and challenging films. A short pre-film talk helps audiences understand the films context, while post-show drinks and nibbles gives you the opportunity to discuss the film with fellow viewers.

Little Village Sessions give USQ music students and lecturers the opportunity to collaborate with a current professional recording artists to create a not-to-be-missed concert. Passed guest artists include Wendy Matthews, Rick Price and Sara Storer.

Featuring professional guitarists from across Australia, The Guitar Session are Friday evening solo guitar concerts which cover a range of genres from blues and roots to contemporary chamber. Each concert is followed by a courtyard reception, at which the audience will get the opportunity to meet the night’s talent and are accompanied by a guitar playing workshop (which can be booked separately).

Other shows, projects and events (New in 2018)

The USQ Art Gallery (within the Artsworx precinct) showcases a range of exhibits throughout the year. Featuring work by professional local and national artists, USQ Visual Arts students as well as various staff and alumni the gallery is an ever evolving artistic space.

The Gallery

Artsworx offers a range of arts related professional and person development workshops throughout the year. Covering topics such as publishing, music theory, illustrating and more.

Access Workshops

Artsworx, in conjunction with USQ Creative Arts, showcases a signature theatrical event each year. Typically held in August with a three – four show season, the annual production is a favourite of the Toowoomba community.

Artsworx is the home of USQ creative arts student work. From 1st – 3rd year, students perform and showcase their skills, giving the community the opportunity to enjoy up and coming acts at the start of their careers. Student acts are labelled with a heart in our ‘What’s On’ pages.

The USQ Incubator Series focuses on showcasing raw talent, idea development and concepts rather than ‘polished productions.’ These productions convey a real sense of raw energy and talent, so bring an open mind, and digest some exciting potential laid out in its purest form.

Our space is your space! The Artsworx ‘precinct’ made up of the USQ Arts Theatre, Gallery and Concert hall is available for hire by the community and professionals for various purposes. Giving us the opportunity to host amazing acts, conferences and performances.

Hire Artsworx

USQ has some serious talent and now you can contact them through the Artsworx Artist Directory. Browse online and submit an enquiry today.

Artist Directory

Coming up at Artsworx

Friday at the Flicks: Crumb

Movie | 24 May 2019
Weird sex, obsession and comic books – the ingredients for one of the best documentaries of all time?

A French Connection - Toowoomba Concert Orchestra

Music | 26 May 2019
Bringing together a collection of music inspired by France and Francophiles.

Second year theatre student production

Performance | 29 May - 1 Jun 2019
A chance for USQ's young artists to apply their developing skills in textual interpretation and character development in a live performance.

The Hard Truth - Reconciliation Event

Special Event | 30 May 2019
Discussing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a child protection - where are we going wrong? What can we do to turn the tide?
Free Event

Belters and Ballads

Music | 4 Jun 2019
A student project featuring songs by Kelly Clarkson, Alannah Myles, Ann Wilson (Heart), Marie Fredriksson (Roxette), Trisha Yearwood, Lady Gaga and Carrie Underwood.