NO FISHING NEEDED FOR HANGING SPACE
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.”