Easels, clay wheels, paint brushes, musical equipment and other creative supplies stand ready for the return of the popular McGregor Summer Retreat at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

Students from the age of 12 to 90 from across the country will learn music and visual and creative arts at the 52nd Retreat which starts on Sunday January 12. About 300 people will participate in the annual event for the opportunity to engage in short-term learning from some of Australia’s most prolific artists and musicians. McGregor Arts Retreat is the longest running visual arts and music retreat in Australia and offers a range of workshops to suit all levels.

Included in the illustrious list of tutorage is USQ alumnus and renowned artist David Hinchliffe as well as fellow graduates Ayden Roberts (music), Nic Plowman (contemporary art) and Anthony Brink (ceramics).  In addition to the workshops, a number of events are open to the public to showcase the talents of students and artists. Events this year include Indigenous Collection, curated by David Hinchliffe. Through passion, cultural foresight and artistic vigour, David has and continues to grow a substantial Indigenous Art Collection.  Through his generosity, USQ will soon be the custodian of a large portion of his collection which will be on display for the public to view.  Other events include a free music concert, twilight markets and a concert performed by Mcgregor music students, creating opportunities for the public to celebrate the new year with a fun night of fabulous music.

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