William Wilkins was the first head of the Department of Education in New South Wales. He arrived in Australia in 1851 and for the next 30 years was education’s leading figure, leaving an indelible legacy of vision and quality. In the early years of the new colony William Wilkins emphasised the value of drawing and visual arts in the education of New South Wales students. The collection was named in his honour in 1984.
Works have been collected since 1974 and exhibited in the William Wilkins Gallery in the Bridge Street Office of the Department of Education.
They are also highly sought after to enhance the working environments of many government departments.
The Arts Unit coordinates the purchase of works for the Wilkins Collection.
Works by significant young Australian artists such as Jasper Knight and Benitta Bob are included in the collection.
View The Collection And Recent Acquisitions
The Department of Education purchases approximately 10 new bodies of work from students exhibiting in ARTEXPRESS (the annual exhibition of Higher School Certificate Visual Arts bodies of work). Follow the link to view the recent acquisitions and the collection.
Requesting A Work From The Collection
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