Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

ART SCULP­TOR Britt Mikkelsen has a long-run­ning as­so­ci­a­tion with Clancy’s Fish Bar City Beach.

Not only did she cre­ate all the venue’s light fix­tures but the busi­ness spon­sored her 2015 Sculp­ture by the Sea Cottes­loe en­try, Ocean lace.

This re­la­tion­ship made Curtin Univer­sity-trained Mikkelsen the ideal artist to fea­ture in Clancy’s inau­gu­ral popup ex­hi­bi­tion. Af­ter owner Joe Fisher ap­proached her with the idea, Mikkelsen asked long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor and pain­ter Va­nia Law­son to join her.

“We’ve worked to­gether for more than 20 years, start­ing out in theatre, and residential and com­mer­cial build­ing projects,” Law­son said.

“My com­pany Sabi Art and De­sign (with part­ner Andy Cross) works on in­te­rior de­signs for dis­play homes and on pro­duc­tion sets for com­pa­nies like WA Bal­let.

“When you’re an artist, you just have to find dif­fer­ent ways to pay your mort­gage; you’ve got to look at other ways to get your work out there.

“Thank­fully Joe started this with his pas­sion and we’ve gone from there.”

Law­son said Clancy’s had cre­ated a gallery for the exhibi- tion, un­like many restau­rants where the art work was “just thrown on the wall”.

“To have this ded­i­cated gallery space is won­der­ful,” she said. “So many gal­leries are clos­ing down in Perth that the op­por­tu­ni­ties to show work are de­creas­ing.”

Tanya MacNaughton

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