Gerald Lidstone BA MA ATC Dr.h.c FRGS is the Director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London and founder of the MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and co founder of the MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship programme and the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy the first worldwide. Previously he was HOD of the Department of Theatre and Performance in Goldsmiths, having originally trained as a scenographic and lighting designer as well as a production manager with extensive design and touring experience in Eastern Europe and the USA.
For the British Council and other agencies he has also taught Arts Management courses including Arts Marketing, Arts Education, Fundraising, Copyright and Strategic Planning in over 20 countries including Russia, Ukraine, East Jerusalem, Egypt, Romania, Korea, Philippines, Cyprus, Slovakia, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Viet Nam and India.. He has worked for over twelve years on behalf of The Ministry of Culture and Information in Viet Nam establishing Arts Management education in Hanoi University of Culture, funded by the Ford Foundation. He is co-author of a needs evaluation of Arts Management in Vietnam and Curriculum Development in the Management of Arts and Culture in Viet Nam in a Market Economy Context he has also contributed a chapter on the evaluation of arts education projects to the ippr publication For Art’s Sake? Society and the Arts in the 21st Century.
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 and the British Council project Closer to the Museum
For a number of years he analysed the attendance statistics for the West End Theatres in London and has undertaken an evaluation of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts [NESTA], Creative Pioneer programme.
He has recently completed a major research evaluation of a dance projects for Sadler’s Wells in the UK using the Five Ways to Wellbeing framework created by the New Economics Foundation and was for ENCATC part of the UNESCO group working on ‘Towards a New Cultural Policy Profile’.
He has developed a new MA in Cultural and Creative Industries in Abu Dhabi for Higher Colleges of Technology AD 2010-13 and has given keynote speeches at The 3rd Indonesia International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Small Business and the second UNESCO World Conference on Education in Seoul 2008 . He has in 2016 co-developed a museum training programme in Doha.
Gerald has been awarded honorary doctorates by Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni v Bratislave in Slovakia, 2004 and by Hanoi University of Culture in 2009 as well as being awarded the national medal for culture in Viet Nam . He is currently chair of the ENCATC [EU commission Funded] Thematic Area “Europe International”.
Yes, No, Maybe
Lidstone, Gerald N.. 2008. Yes, No, Maybe. In: Martina Bendikova, ed. Medzikulturny dialog a migracia. Bratislava: Europska Komisa Zastupenie EK na Slovensku, pp. 125-138. ISBN 9788071657354
Education and the Arts: Evaluating Arts Education Programmes
Lidstone, Gerald N.. 2004. 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, pp. 41-63. ISBN 1860302335
Conference or Workshop Item
The policy and practice of learning entrepreneurial skills and future ‘qualities of mind’
Lidstone, Gerald N.. 2010. 'The policy and practice of learning entrepreneurial skills and future ‘qualities of mind’'. In: Unesco & the Government of the Republic of Korea World Conference on Arts Education. Seoul, Korea, Republic of.
Curriculum Development in the Management of Arts and Culture in Viet Nam in a market economy context
Lidstone, Gerald N. and Doling, T.. 2005. Curriculum Development in the Management of Arts and Culture in Viet Nam in a market economy context.
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 www.blizsiekmuzeu.sk. 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.
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