Sneak previewing Circus Oz’s new home

The internationally renowned circus company is inviting the public to tour their new, purpose-built home: ArtsHub peeks.

Circus Oz children’s classes: photo by Aaron Walker

Circus Oz has waited a long time for a purpose-built home, one that meets the very particular needs of a place to train trapeze artists and acrobats.

The Company has finally fulfilled its dreams in a $15 million development, funded by an Arts Victoria capital grant in 2011. Blending existing buildings on the site of the former Collingwood TAFE with purpose-built structures, Circus Oz’s new home is built around two large rehearsal spaces, ensuring that circus arts are literally its central business. The company’s offices, wardrobe department, communal kitchen and other areas all look out over the main rehearsal space, so that wherever one ventures in the building, a visual reminder of its raison d’être is nearby. 

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts