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.
Today, Red Gate is recognized both as a tour de force and trail blazer in the history and development of the contemporary Chinese art scene. Over the last 25 years, the gallery has been engaging and promoting Chinese artists by exhibiting the best of Chinese contemporary art as well as facilitating cultural exchanges and dialogues between China and the rest of the world through its vibrant Artist-In-Residence Programme established in 2001.
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.
2001年，红门画廊创办“驻地艺术家项目”，并成为"国际驻地艺术家中心协会"(RES ARTIS) 的一员。过去的十多年中，红门驻地艺术家项目与包括奥地利文化协会（Austrian Cultural Forum），亚洲新西兰基金会（Asia New Zealand Foundation），影像巴西（Videobrasil），英国红楼基金会（Red Mansion Foundation），印度神圣帝国画廊（Shrine Empire Gallery）在内的多个文化机构和基金会建立了合作关系，通过不懈的努力为有影响力和竞争力的海外艺术家提供了在北京访问和工作的机会。目前，红门每年接待来自世界各地的驻地艺术家达七十余位。