'David as Daphne' (2021) © David Gardner. Courtesy of the artist.

ACS Studio Prize 2022 Winner Announced!
November 5, 2022
We are delighted to announce that the ACS Studio Prize 2022 has been awarded to David Gardner who completed a Postgraduate Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School in 2019.


In its sixth year, the ACS Studio Prize offered one student or recent graduate a £4,500 prize to help fund an artist’s studio for a year in a UK city.⁣ After a day of judging 24 shortlisted artists, David Gardner was selected as the winner by this year’s judges: renowned artist and ACS member Flora Yukhnovich, founder and curator of the Palazzo Monti, Edoardo Monti and ACS Managing Director Harriet Bridgeman CBE.⁣

Gardner’s work explores the experiences around ritual, meditation, prayer, transcendence, queerness and the universal connectivity between everything corporeal and beyond. All three judges were impressed with his vibrant, meticulously rendered watercolour paintings and oil pastel drawings, which he intends to develop on a larger scale in his future ACS-funded studio space.


For more information about the ACS Studio Prize and the 2022 winner, visit the ACS Studio Prize page.