Artwork by: Kim Ah Sam
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are McGregor Workshops held?
The McGregor Workshops are held at USQ’s Toowoomba Campus – approximately 8 kms from the Toowoomba city centre and approximately a 30 minute drive from the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.
University of Southern Queensland
Darling Heights QLD 4350
Please note the campus and residential college spreads over a vast area. Whilst we are a wheelchair friendly campus, to get the most out of your chosen workshop we encourage participants to be of good physical and able health to independently move around the campus. Many workshops require an element of physical fitness or standing for periods of time. Please contact us to discuss if you have any concerns.
Who can attend McGregor Workshops?
McGregor has taught students from age 12 – 92. There is no reason you can’t join in on one of our fantastic classes!
Having said this, art can sometimes be demanding and while for most classes enthusiasm and creativity are the only requirements, some classes will require a reasonable level of fitness.
For instance painters are typically required to stand at an easel for extended periods, while for most creative arts classes (e.g. woodwork and jewellery making) the ability to bend and lift is often important. We’re always happy to discuss options related to specific circumstances and would encourage anyone who is not sure to contact us to discuss.
When are McGregor Workshops held?
McGregor Workshops are seasonal and held in Summer and Winter each year. Details regarding check-in, drop-off and official start and finish times are communicated to participants following registration as the event draws closer.
Please note some workshops may have a life model present. This is noted in the workshop description. The life model may be clothed or unclothed, male or female.
How do I enrol in a class?
Booking for each school are open as soon as all tutors and requirements are finalised, typically 4-6 months in advance of the school. Bookings can be made:
- Online: Using the Workshops Page (preferred)
- Email: If you are unable to book online, contact the School of Creative Arts on email@example.com, with details of the class you would like to book in for as well as your name and a contact number. We will attend to emails in order of receipt, however please be aware that we cannot assure you of a place if the class fills in the meantime.
When a class becomes full you can sign up to the wait list to attend the class. If a spot becomes available you will be contacted to complete your enrolment. Spots do become available if a participant can no longer attend.
Some classes at McGregor cover adult themes and are not appropriate for those under 18. For this reason we ask that participants under the age of 18 contact the McGregor office before enrolling. Written parental consent will need to be received in instances where unclothed models or adult themes are covered.
Typically McGregor tutors are happy to accommodate students from mid-high school age onwards, however junior enrolments are looked at on a case by case basis.
Please email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sometimes circumstances can change – here is how we can help:
|Cancel before||15th May 2023||receive refund less the $100 non re-fundable deposit|
|Cancel after||After 15th May 2023||no refund received|
|Cancel accommodation after||15th May 2023||receive refund less $50 cancellation fee|
Tickets are not transferable as there is a waiting list for each class.
The McGregor school may waive or reduce the cancellation penalty (excluding administrative fees – $100 non-refundable deposit) if a participant has cancelled due to a medical condition or bereavement. Please note that medical certificates or equivalent may be requested to support these requested refunds after payment due date has passed.
The McGregor team reserves the right to cancel a class if minimum enrolments are not reached or if any unforeseen circumstances occur relating to that particular course. If your class is cancelled for these reasons, you will receive a full refund or the option to transfer to another class.
Should the event be cancelled, or participants from particular geographical areas not be able to attend due to Queensland public health, State or Commonwealth Government directives associated with COVID-19 or a similar health emergency, we will provide a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit. The $100 will be used as a contribution towards the refund process to ensure it is affected in line with privacy legislation and university requirements.
Are there Early Bird discounts?
Each school offers an early bird price. The discount is normally around 10% and ends 6 to 8 weeks prior to the retreat commencing.
If the workshop you wish to book is full, please register on the wait list as sometimes there can be cancellations leading up to the Retreat. We also recommend as well as wait listing in your preferred workshop, book an alternative workshop to ensure you are not disappointed. We will contact you as positions become available.
When you select the ‘accommodation option’ through the McGregor booking process you will be provided with an applicable room at one of the USQ Residential Colleges for the length of the school – plus breakfast and dinner. It is a great way to complete your McGregor retreat and fully immerse yourself in creativity!
However if you’d prefer not to stay on campus, Toowoomba does offer a host of other accommodation options bookable through normal channels such as AirBnB, WotIf and Booking.com
On campus rooms
USQ Residential College rooms are fitted with a king single bed and a desk. The rooms are basic student style accommodation, meaning they are clean, tidy and come with linen. Private and shared bathroom options are available. Prices are listed in the pricing and payment section accessible from the applicable retreats web page.
McGregor College is the first preference for on campus accommodation, however other on campus colleges including Concannon are used if required. There is no smoking allowed on the university campus including in residential colleges.
The McGregor Office will endeavour to meet special accommodation requests such as staying next to another student, however we do reserve the right to make changes according to room availability.
What about couples? Residential colleges does not offer twin-share or double bed options for couples. Couples can however request a room with a shared bathroom.
Why stay on campus?
There is a special excitement in the air at the Residential College as you join with others from across Australia, all keen to experience the vibrancy of McGregor Arts Retreats. The opportunity to share meals and conversations with like minded people, including your tutors makes for a memorable time.
USQ is a smoke free campus
As of 31 May 2018, USQ is a smoke free campus.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the campus. Visitors who wish to smoke will need to do so off the campus grounds.
All electrical equipment being brought onto the USQ campus for class use (excluding camera and phone chargers) must be tested and tagged by a qualified electrician.
Are there activities to do at night?
Our workshops are coupled with a ‘conversation series’ with artists responding to the theme of ‘The Artists as Storyteller’. Taking place from 5.30 – 6.30pm over five nights, presentations include panel discussions with artists talking about their practice and exploring ideas around art, ideas, making and culture. While these events are free for workshop participants and members of the public, bookings are still essential at https://schoolcreativearts.usq.edu.au/conversation-series/
Is Wi-Fi available?
Wi-Fi is available on the USQ campus.
Please note computers are not supplied to students – you will need to provide you own internet capable device to access the Wi-Fi.
Access to Wi-Fi in the accommodation area is not guaranteed, however there is guest Wi-Fi access in all common rooms and dining rooms.
I am flying, how do I get around Toowoomba?
Toowoomba is Australia’s second largest inland city, and it is easy to get around with bus, taxi or Uber, all available from the USQ campus.
For Taxis call Garden City Cabs 133 222.
For buses check out Translink.
Uber can be accessed via the mobile app.
How do I get to Toowoomba?
Fly direct to Toowoomba
You can fly directly into Toowoomba from Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Townsville. The Airport is called Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport (WTB) when making bookings. Wellcamp Airport is located to the west of Toowoomba and is about a 25-30 minute drive from the campus.
There are transfer options. For more information visit Wellcamp.
Flying to Brisbane Airport
Brisbane Airport can sometimes offer a wider range of direct flights and can be more economical. Brisbane Airport is approximately 2 hours from Toowoomba.
Con-X-ion runs a door-to-door service from the airport to anywhere in Toowoomba. For more information visit Con-X-ion or call 1300 860 563.
Toowoomba sits atop the Great Dividing Range and connects to the New England Highway running north/south, the Warrego Highway running east/northwest and the Gore Highway from the southwest.
Toowoomba is the heart of the Darling Downs and is approximately a 2 hour drive from Brisbane.
What is the weather in Toowoomba like?
Toowoomba’s weather can be varied but generally is it quite cool during the winter months and very warm during the summer months.
It is recommended that you pack appropriate clothing for your attendance at each school.
Please note that residential colleges do not provide heating devices, extra blankets or fans. You may wish to consider packing an extra blanket or electrical heating device for winter or a cooling device for the summer months.
Is there on-campus parking?
There is adequate parking at the residential colleges for those staying on campus. For those not staying on campus there are several car parks around the campus. Most are free of charge, however a couple are metered, while others are reserved for staff.
Please take note of parking instructions around the campus as anyone parking in restricted zones will be fined by campus services.
Catering and dietary requirements
Complimentary tea and coffee is provided throughout the workshops. Please BYO cup or buy a keep cup for use when you are with us.
Meals/food throughout the workshops are not included, except for a light lunch on Saturday and Sunday ONLY.
You can purchase food and beverages on campus or BYO and store in the fridge in your allocated tea room.
Continental breakfast and buffet dinner are included with your accommodation if staying on campus.
A short drive from the campus you will find a variety of fast food outlets and restaurants. The McGregor team are always happy to direct you.
If you have dietary needs, please note this when booking your workshop. We will do our best to accommodate your basic dietary needs, however, some may be beyond the usual for this kind of dining and may incur a surcharge.
Talk to the McGregor coordinator for more information if you have any concerns.
Accreditation to Bachelor of Creative Arts
Students enrolled in a UniSQ School of Creative Arts degree who participate in McGregor Summer Winter Workshop may be eligible to seek credit towards an elective. Please contact email@example.com for details.
What size are the classes?
Most classes have a maximum limit of 12-15 students to ensure your tutors can dedicate learning time to each student.
Places fill quickly so do not delay in booking.
Do materials cost extra?
The tuition fee does not include materials.
Please view the material list for each workshop. Once you have booked you will get an itemised material list which will include tutor contact details and places of purchase, with your confirmation email. The material cost noted is indicative only and doesn’t take into consideration items you may already own.
The level of investment of art wares and tools is often your choice and we encourage you to liaise with the tutor prior to your workshop.
The University of Southern Queensland supports the principles of procedural fairness and values social justice, equal opportunity and the provision of a safe and supportive working environment, and as such all McGregor Arts Retreat students and tutors are expected to treat others fairly, honestly, responsively and with proper regard for their rights and obligations.
By enrolling in a workshop a student agrees to follow the tutor’s instruction and not deviate from the program. If a student fails to follow the tutor’s guidelines, they may be asked to leave the class at the tutor’s discretion. If this occurs no refund of fees will be made.
Acknowledgement of professional development
A Statement of Attendance is provided to students who complete the McGregor Arts Retreat in its entirety. This statement includes the workshop hours and is signed by authorised persons.
As the event draws nearer you will be emailed a newsletter, however, please keep in mind things can change and sometime they are out of our control.
To keep up to date with information, please like our page on Facebook, follow our Instagram and join the events you are registering for so that you stay informed.
You can also join our E-News list to be one of the first to know when a new school is available or when new classes have been added. Simply send an email through with your name and email address requesting to be added to the E-News list.
Have a question?
Contact the McGregor team via email. If you require phone assistance, please email and one of our team will call you back.
Please use this form for any McGregor enquiries.