BP Travel Award: Press


Ten works inspired by 17th Century portraiture created after winning the BP Travel Award 2013.  The prize was used to research how lace and textiles were depicted in early 17th century portraiture and come up with new and contemporary answers to this rich and evocative inspiration.


  • Review of BP Portrait Award 2013 in London Evening Standard
  • Image in The Scotsman, newspaper for the opening of the exhibition in Edinburgh
  • Jackdaw Magazine, Sept/Oct 014 (magazine)



Press Quotes

“Sophie Ploeg’s Self-Portrait with Lace Collar sensitively describes the delicacy of human skin as her luminous face emerges from a dark interior” (Ben Luke, London Evening Standard, 20 June 2013, on Self Portrait with Lace Collar, BP Portrait Award 2013)


“[…]captures the tension between a child’s vulnerability and unconfidence on the one hand and her incipient independence and individuality on the other. These elegant, classic pictures draw thoughtfully on art history without being pastiches.”
(Michael Savage, Grumpy Art Historian, Blog on ’The Lace Maker’, within BP Portrait Award 2014 Exhibition)


  “To my mind it’s a bit of a masterclass in how to portray complex fabrics in portraits[…]”
(Katherine Tyrell, Making a Mark Blog 2014 on BP Travel Award works)


Throughout this project I have been writing about my experiences on my Blog. See for a overview of all blog posts, written over the course of 2 years.