This photo depicts a vast training space for circus performers.
Colour photograph of angled glazed exterior facade.
Colour photograph of foyer interior with double height ceiling and black steel beams.
Colour photograph of colour glazing in the form of an angled ribbon wrapping the exterior of the building.
Glazed entry doors line a section of the building, with steel and colour glazing in the form of an angled ribbon forming a canopy.

National Institute of Circus Arts

Bates Smart Architects 2002, Cox Architects and Planners 2007


NICA has two award-winning facilities on the Prahran campus of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. The first is the Sidney Myer Circus Studio designed by Bates Smart Architects in 2002. The second is the NICA National Circus Centre (NCC). Designed by Cox Architects & Planners and launched in 2007, the NCC is a 12-metre high venue that can transform into a professional performance space with a 350+ seating capacity. Flexible and efficient structural design supports numerous rigging configurations and catwalk systems to enable the facility to attract and host myriad events. Simple operational systems have been designed so operation and maintenance can occur with minimal professional oversight, maintaining accessibility to the broadest possible range of users and promoting genuine community engagement. Awards: Award for Architectural Steel Design - Large Project, Australian Steel Institute VIC 2008 Award for Community Facility Design - Sports and Recreation Industry Award 2003.

What's On

NICA's trainers will give you a tour through the main training facilities: the NCC studio and the Sidney Myer Studio. After learning about our history and its unique points of interests, you will be invited to participate in a juggling workshop.

Images: (1) National Circus Centre (NCC) studio. (2) NICA's facade. (3) NICA's foyer. (4) NICA's facade.(5) NICA's entry to the PC Building. All photos: Peter Hyatt.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 July
Tours run 11am + 12pm
Running for 40 minutes in groups of 20
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at entrance, 39-59 Green Street, Prahran


Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom


All Ages


39-59 Green St, Prahran 3181

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