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Red Gate Residency

Red Gate was founded in 1991 by Australian Brian Wallace who first came to China in 1986 to study Chinese language at the People's University, Beijing. He then went on to study art history in 1990 - 91 at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. In 1988 he began organizing exhibitions for young Chinese artists which eventually lead to the establishment of Red Gate Gallery at the Dongbianmen Watchtower. Since then Red Gate has been exhibiting up to eight solo shows per year, complimented by guest-curated exhibitions from China and overseas. The residency program dates back to 2001.

Red Gate Residency provides artists, curators, writers and academics with an opportunity to live and work in China. Red Gate has a number of fully self-contained apartments and studios available which are ready to use.

Red Gate assists all participants to connect with the art scene, meet local Chinese artists and to source art materials. We provide the necessary support and encouragement to help you get the most out of your stay here. We help get you settled, show you around, tell you 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 at the historic Ming Dynasty Watchtower including private dinners after the openings.

Crystal Ruth Bell Residency
For the fifth edition of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency, Red Gate Residency & China Resedencies are inviting people to apply for a fully-funded residency at Red Gate Residency in Beijing for the months of November and December 2018. We are calling for people of all types of creative practices, of all passports, ages, gender-identities, abilities, and interests to send us proposals for projects to pursue in Beijing this winter around the verb “nourish" - in any way the word makes sense to you.
由红门驻地项目与中国艺术交流合作的第五届“Crystal Ruth Bell”驻留项目将于2018年11月和12月在北京进行。不限国籍、年龄、性别、才能和兴趣,欢迎从事各种创意实践者围绕主题“颐养”递交申请提案。

Apply online before July 17th, 2018.


Beijing: China

Our facilities include three downtown apartments in the Tuanjiehu neighborhood and six studio/lofts northeast of the city in Feijiacun village. Each residence is fully equipped and all residencies include airport pickup, orientation, and group welcome dinner. More information regarding our residencies including facilities photos can be found on our website at and photos from our current residencies can be found on our Facebook at


  • Residency Length: 1-4 months (we encourage 2-3 month terms)
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 9-12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 60
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: NULL


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications are received on a rolling basis and reviewed by a selection committee at the end of each month. Although at times we may have last minute space available, our facilities commonly fill six months in advance so we encourage an early application. Apply to Red Gate Residency ONLINE:

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Please visit our website for a complete listing of our past participants.
The Beijing residencies have been the most productive and fulfilling of my career --- not to mention the boatload of new friends.
— - Royston Tester, Canada, Writer
Red Gate Residency's evolving program is an exciting place for artists and arts professionals to cultivate their creative process. Our residencies breed a wealth of cultural opportunities and support whether it be exhibition openings, family-style dinners, adventures to the markets, hunting for obscure art supplies or presenting to local art students.
— - Crystal Ruth Bell, Previous Residency Program Director

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Each residency includes a Welcome Dinner at a restaurant in Beijing.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
    Although our residencies are very family friendly we do commonly see residents who opt for a companion visit rather than having their companion[s] stay with them for the entire time as this can sometimes limit productivity.
  • Accessibility: no
    The residency is not wheelchair accessibility.
  • Additional studio information: 
    Equipment for specialized mediums is not available onsite, but we encourage communication and relationship building with local artists which could provide shared materials if desired.

Residency Fees

Our program is managed on a not-for-profit basis under the care of Red Gate Gallery. Participants are expected to cover the costs of living, transportation, supplies, and accommodation whilst Red Gate provides all the necessary support to make your time here fruitful and enjoyable. Many of our residents attend with the help of funding they have received from their sending countries. (Please contact us directly for current residency fees)

Stipends / other support

We encourage residents to apply for funding in their own country. We are happy to provide a letter of support and will work with you to help find funding opportunities.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Red Gate and our residents often coordinate an informal but well attended Open Studio exhibition showcasing the projects our artists have been working on during their residency.

Contact Information

Beijing Intl PO Box 9039
Beijing, 100600