Support Us

The Warrandyte Mechanics’ Institute Hall and the Warrandyte Community Pottery are unique in that the buildings and their land are only owned by the Warrandyte Community. The Warrandyte Mechanics’ Institute and Art Association (WMIAA) is the not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that maintains the buildings and runs many activities on behalf of the community.

The wonderful hall is nearly 100 years old while the Pottery Studio, in the old CFA building, dates from 1944.  As might be imagined, maintaining these lovely old buildings takes a lot of dedication, hard work … and money.

 We are exceptionally grateful for the grants we receive, from time to time, from the Warrandyte Community Bank Manningham Council and from federal government. However, those grants only help us pay for specific projects and do not contribute to the considerable costs of running, repairing and renovating the buildings.

Recognising our valuable contribution to the community, we also receive regular and very kind donations from Rotary Warrandyte and Donvale, The Warrandyte Riverside Market, The Lions Club and Ruby Tuesday, Jewellers. 

But, and it’s a big but, even with this generous financial help, WMIAA barely breaks even each year, and we now face some daunting costs to hold back the tide of time and the ravages of nature and the weather, to keep the buildings open, warm safe and dry. 

How you can donate

There are several ways you can help preserve these wonderful Warrandyte assets and icons.  The simplest is to make a small donation through Paypal by clicking the button below.


WMIAA is DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) organisation which means that any donation over $2 is tax deductible in Australia.


Bequests are a powerful gift to the future, helping WMIAA continue to serve the community through the Arts and preserve our lovely buildings and facilities for future generations.

Bequests to Warrandyte Arts are used to support our activities and renovate and repairs our facilities for the benefit of our members and the community.

Find out more information about Bequests here.