The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing opened in 1991 in one storey of an old Ming dynasty watchtower in the Southeastern part of Beijing. Nowadays the gallery inhabits two stories of the building showing contemporary Chinese and international art in various shows throughout the year, as well as having guest shows and events in other locations around the world.
Being the first gallery opened by a Westerner in China, the position of the gallery has been at the forefront of Beijing's art scene and continues to do so. It helped many Chinese artists launch and enhance their work and become household names in the Chinese contemporary art scene. The gallery is considered to be one of the pioneers in representing the contemporary Chinese art scene. Red Gate also makes a point of having international collaborations, and participating in international fairs, exhibits and events.
In 2001 Red Gate introduced a visiting artists program for international artists, critics and writers to come to Beijing to live and work. In 2004 a program for local artists outside of Beijing was introduced to give them the possibility to work and live in the capital. The gallery is a member of the International Association of Residential Arts Centers (Res Artis) and the Alliance of Artists Communities (AAC).
Red Gate Gallery brings together the Chinese and the international art scene by conducting diverse exhibitions and providing opportunities for local and international artists and art enthusiasts to get in contact.