The annual McGregor Summer school is a music, visual, and creative arts retreat that let’s you live as an artist would for 7 days straight. Held at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, it’s delivering accessible arts and cultural experiences to regional Queensland, from the 8-14 January.

There are currently more than 200 other art enthusiasts in attendance, with classes available for all skill levels and interests. So far, many have noted the opportunities the Summer School has presented to make friends, find common ground, and flex their creative muscles.

The tutors at McGregor are known for their expertise. They travel from all around Australia to teach the classes offered at the Summer School, and to share their artistic and musical talents. It’s a particularly special time for the singers of McGregor in 2017, with contemporary voice specialist Jeanette (Jeanie) Lovetri in residence, as well.

As an added bonus, some attendees have stayed on campus for the entirety of the week to truly experience the ‘art retreat’ vibe. Others are boosting Toowoomba’s local economy, by travelling from areas outside of the region and benefiting local hotels.

Some of the many classes include The Art of Paper’, ‘Millinery Masterpieces’, ‘Photography & Photoshop Techniques’, ‘Printmaking Pathways’, ‘Water Scenes in Watercolour’, ‘Colour Light and Movement with Pastel’, ‘Drawing and Painting the Figure’, ‘Contemporary Guitar’, ‘Contemporary Piano’, ‘Contemporary Voice’, ‘Contemporary Bass’, ‘Contemporary Drums’, ‘Contemporary Song Writing’, ‘Brass, Composition & Improvisation’, ‘New Process Metalsmithing’, ‘Bespoke Furniture Making’, and more.

If you want to get involved, learn more, or look at past exhibitions or productions, head to the website.


Banner image: Brian ‘Shiny’ Smith (left) with wood carving tutor Laurens Otto