Following international standards for creative communities, the Guangzhou Redtory Art & Design Factory District, of which the RMCA is a part, has nurtured a wide range of cultural industries, institutions, outlets and amenities to create a living hub in the center of the city - a Central Art District (CAD) - that complements the Central Business District (CBD) nearby.
The name “Redtory”refers to the spirit of the time in the 1950s, when the canning and food processing factories that characterize the site were built, in that it was an age that was both “red and devoted.”
In a material sense, the name reflects the red-brick architectural complexes of the repurposed former factories that cover the district that in the Chinese language sounds like both the “红(red)专(devoted)厂(factory)” and the “red brick factory.” Its English name, “Redtory,” however, perhaps in a sonorous combination of opposites, is derived from the collision of the words “red” and “factory”.
David Elliott Pi Daojian
Senior Curator Famous Critic