The BP Travel Award 2011 winner was announced last night at The BP Portrait Awards Ceremony. The BP Travel Award is an annual award of £5,000, to allow artists to experience working in a different environment on a project related to portraiture.
This year’s award was won by Jo Fraser for her proposal to travel to the Cuzco region of Peru where she will observe the labour-intensive production of textiles in small indigenous communities. She has always been fascinated by the symbolism within the weavings, the methods of creating them, and the historical traditions of the process. Her final piece in oils will be developed from sketches and photographs taken during her visit.
Jo receives a bursary of £5,000 to travel to Peru and her final work will be displayed in the BP Portrait Award 2012 exhibition.