Gerald Lidstone
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Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
Gerald Lidstone

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Gerald Lidstone BA MA ATC Dr h. c. FRGS

Position currently held: Director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) and Deputy Head of the Drama Department

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Gerald Lidstone is the Director of ICCE and the founder and director of the postgraduate Arts Administration and Cultural Policy course at Goldsmiths, University of London. He originally trained in visual arts and as an art teacher and theatre designer and subsequently designed and toured productions extensively in Eastern Europe and the USA. For the British Council and other agencies he has also taught Arts Management training courses including Arts Marketing, Arts Education, Fundraising, Copyright and Strategic Planning in many parts of the world including, Russia, Ukraine, East Jerusalem, Egypt, Romania, Korea, Philippines, Cyprus, Slovakia, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Viet Nam and India. He was also the director of a four-year British Know-How Fund (Foreign Office) project establishing arts management education in Slovakia. An outcome of this project was the publication of the first book on arts management in Slovak. Since 1997 he has worked on behalf of Visiting Arts and the Ford Foundation developing education in arts management and creative industries for the Government of Viet Nam. In 2004-6 he evaluated the NESTA Creative Pioneers Academy and since 2003 has been working on Closer to the Museum for the British Council and the Foundation Centre for Contemporary Arts Slovakia. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a trustee of the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and a member of the Board of Governors of Saddlers Wells, Greenwich and Makebelieve theatres. He is also a council member of the British Centre of the International Theatre Institute. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni v Bratislave in Slovakia.


Gerald Lidstone has recently founded with Prof Sara Selwood (City University) the UK Cultural policy and Management Network.

Research interests

Most recently he has evaluated the NESTA Creative Pioneers Academy and written a report on cultural organisations in Odessa, Ukraine as well as undertaking professional seminars in Kiev and continuing work on cultural industries in Viet Nam.

Building on experience gained in Eastern Europe examining and analysing arts and cultural policy in the post communist context he co authored the first book on arts management in Slovak and has recently contributed to This in turn has led to a current project for the Ministry of Culture and Information in Viet Nam funded by the Ford Foundation to develop an infrastructure for arts, heritage and cultural management education to adapt to the new policy of social, economic and political reform under the rubric of doi moi ('renovation'), aimed at transforming the old command economy into a market-based one – this has now been running for 9 years and has published two major reports. In the UK he was responsible for the annual (1997– 2001) report of the West End box office data research project, for the Society of London Theatre (SOLT). He has also published many papers on areas of arts management and policy.

Recent publications

Odessa Report - Ukraine, Arts Sector Report – Training needs and capacity for international collaboration analysis Lidstone, Gerald & Schmitz. Anna. British Council Ukraine

Curriculum Development in the Management of Arts and Culture in Viet Nam in a market economy context. Lidstone, Gerald & Doling, Tim. London: Visiting Arts, 2005. pp187 .ISBN 1-902349385

NESTA [National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts] Evaluation - Creative Pioneer Programme, What Works?, Lidstone, Gerald & Schmitz. Anna London: NESTA ,May 2006. 53 pages [Confidential Endowment Report]

NESTA [National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts] Evaluation - Creative Pioneer Programme, Pilot year, Lidstone, Gerald & Costello, David. London: NESTA ,April 2004. [Confidential Endowment Report]

Education and the Arts: Evaluating Arts Education Programmes in J.Cowling, ed. For Art’s Sake? Society and the Arts in the 21st Century, London: ippr. 2004 pp 41-63. ISBN 1 86030 2335

SOLT ( Society of London Theatre) Box Office Data Report 2001, Gerald Lidstone and Mary Stewart David London 2002. ISBN 0 951915657
Divadlo, Kreativita a Obcianska Vychova (Theatre Education, Creativity and now Citizenship - The relationship between policy and practice) Divadlov Medzicase 1/2002 ISSN 1335 9355 p25

A Review of the Structure of the Theatre Company of Cyprus THoC [ the National Theatre] Lidstone, Gerald and Morris, Gerri 2002. A commissioned report to facilitate the restructuring of theatre provision in Cyprus across all sectors.[confidential]

Kulturny manazment - Prednasky, Projekty, Texty Ed, Gerald Lidstone, Zuzana Ulicianska Published by Vysoka Skola Muzikych Umeni v Bratislave. 2000 ISBN: 80-85182-66-1

Arts Management in Viet Nam: Towards a Market Economy. Gerald Lidstone and Tim Doling. Visiting Arts, London ISBN: 1-902349-17-2

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