Red Gate Gallery

Since 2013, the Goethe-Institut cooperates with the Red Gate Gallery. Every year a residence program is provided for the area of performing arts and visual arts

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Founded in 1991 by Brian Wallace who first arrived in China in 1984, Red Gate Gallery is the first private contemporary art gallery to be established in China. Prior to opening its doors at the 600-year old Ming dynasty watchtower in Dongbianmen, Brian Wallace had started from the late-80s to organize and curate exhibitions for young Chinese artists in other exotic locations such as the Ancient Observatory.
 
 
Red Gate gallery represents 20 artists who work with various medium, reflecting the dynamic and ever-evolving local art scene. With monthly exhibitions, the gallery showcases painting, works-on-paper, graphics, sculpture, photography and installation by both established artists and emerging talents. The gallery also holds regular special exhibitions in collaboration with guest curators and galleries from China. In addition, Red Gate gives art talks for various organizations and holds charity events as part of the gallery’s aim to cultivate interest and appreciation for Chinese contemporary art on the whole.
 


Red Gate Residency is an international artist residency program providing artists, curators, writers, and academics with the opportunity to live and create work in China. Their goal is to provide facilities for artists to easily start their projects and offer a community in which they can participate as much as they like.

Red Gate assists all participants to connect with the art scene, meet local Chinese artists and to source art materials. They provide the necessary support and encouragement to help the residency artists get the most out of their stay here. They help get them settled, show them around, tell them where to buy the best Peking Duck, which part of the Great Wall not to go to, and where and when the latest openings are. All residents are invited to Red Gate Gallery events, including private dinners after the openings.

The Red Gate Care Package covers airport pickup, a welcome packet with everything from local maps, guide books, and a taxi guide, orientation, internet hook-up and local phone, as well as a welcome dinner for the residency artists to meet the other residents. In addition, they also keep all their residents up to date on gallery openings and other occasions. They assist residents regarding any concerns or needs that they may have during their stay.