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About us

Established 1975 Cooks Hill Galleries is one of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries.

The Gallery has 4 main exhibition spaces, 2 main galleries and a premium and collectible art gallery space.

The Gallery presents regular exhibitions and features art within four rooms, with artworks from a quality stable of Australian artists, from contemporary to colonial i.e. Brett Whiteley to Conrad Martens.

The art on offer includes Abstract, Modern, Impressionism, Surrealism, and Traditional. CHG also deals in painting and sculpture from emerging artists.

CHG Director Mark Widdup has over 44 years experience in dealing Australian art and offering art services including valuations, appraisals and assessments, art advice and buying or selling support.

Gallery I

Is the major gallery space of 4 exhibiting rooms. It features two walls flooded with natural light from skylights above. As such the interior room has a feeling or reference to the outside. All wall areas of the room present the artwork equally well.

Gallery II

Adjacent to room one often becomes the overflow gallery should a feature exhibition not fit in gallery one. It was added to the gallery’s original space in 1980-81. Overhead lighting and half roof beams are a highlight.

Gallery III

Is the original gallery’s room which has open windows to the front courtyard and street and the other end French doors enter onto an inner courtyard. This room features an array if differing sized walls ideal for small-medium sized artworks. Recently this room has become dedicated to our Collectable artworks.

Gallery IV

Also looks out to the front courtyard and street; it features smaller contemporary artworks and it has its own character which encourages a closer look at the works on displays.

Our services

Expert advice

The experience of the director, Mark Widdup across the spectrum of Australian art from Colonial to Contemporary means his expertise is widespread.
He is available to explain any of these services on a ‘one to one’ basis and offer unique recommendations. The emphasis is to provide individual solutions on a confidential basis for all enquiries.

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Art appraisals

I provide a service for those inquiring about artwork, verifying its authenticity, originality, value, and condition. I can determine if it's worth keeping as a 2D or 3D piece, assess its value, or recommend a valuation. It's wise to assess art before discarding it.

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Art selecting

Our service refines your art tastes, helping you buy with confidence. After consulting with you, we offer a curated selection to your space for a final decision. You choose in your own environment, ensuring you know what you're getting. Benefit from 40 years of art expertise.

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Thank you for your support and the work you've put in to promoting my work and building my artist profile. Honestly you have been absolutely amazing and I appreciate the confidence you have in me. It inspires me to work harder knowing there are things out there to be achieved and things to work towards! Thank you Mark

Ben Kenning

Nothing was too much trouble, Mark from CHG was extremely generous with his time and expertise, an absolute professional.


I’m so thankful to be part of Cooks Hill Galleries. Mark and Libby Widdup have been extremely supportive and encouraging with my work and art career. Mark is proactive, knowledgeable and experienced with matching my work to collectors both locally and internationally. Cooks Hill galleries feels like a family and I look forward to a long and successful relationship within them

Tracey Maree Smith

New artists


Artists can apply to be considered for representation, exhibitions, or inclusion in a catalog at Cooks Hill Galleries.

CHG Director

Mark Widdup

Since 1975, Cooks Hill Galleries (CHG) has been under Director Mark Widdup's guidance, emphasizing international and local art exhibitions. Over 42 years, Mark curated notable shows featuring artists like Brett Whiteley, Sidney Nolan, and Charles Blackman. His role expanded to art dealing, with sales and advisories for significant artists, including Arthur Streeton and Arthur Boyd. Notably, Mark supports mid-career and emerging artists, fostering their growth and elevating Australian art.


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