Celebrate 52 Years Of Art At USQ

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Pack your backs, it’s time to immerse yourself in art at the McGregor Summer Arts Retreat with oodles of workshops for everyone from the novice to the expert.

For 52 years, art lovers, crafters and singers have been gathering at the McGregor Summer Arts Retreat to
create, collaborate and connect. Over the years, tutors have welcomed thousands of participants into the ever-growing McGregor family to learn from some of Australia’s most prolific artists.

This summer, the 7-day arts retreat will welcome a host of artists for the first time including Daniel Butterworth, who will present a contemporary figure workshop; watercolourist John Haycraft; and printmaker Susan Baran.

They will be joined by an admired mix of returning artists including David Hinchliffe, Nic Plowman, Anthony Brink, David Taylor, Di Appleby and Geoff Hannah, to mention a few.

For the crafty and style-conscious, Melbourne-based milliner, Brett Morely, is back to present an exclusive workshop where you can learn all about creating quirky, eye-catching millinery trimming techniques so you can take home your very own unique headpiece.

The McGregor Summer Arts Retreat is the longest-running visual arts retreat in Australia. No matter your skill level, artistic goals or career path, there is a workshop perfectly suited to you.

If you prefer to stretch your vocal cords, the 7-day McGregor Music Retreat will run alongside the arts retreat from 12-18 January 2020, with Noosa’s very own Kath Williams helping performers find their voices.

A musician and vocalist, Kath has enjoyed three decades within the music industry playing, singing and performing and will join other tutors as they help participants uncover their musical potential no matter their instrument, speciality or skill level.

McGregor Summer Arts Retreat
12-18 January 2020
USQ Toowoomba Campus
Web: usq.edu.au/mcgregor
Ph: 4631 1111
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Jolene has worked in the local media industry for more than five years. She is now a small business owner, mother to one sassy toddler and a newborn baby and loves to share stories about Noosa from its glorious food scene to the inspiring people.

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