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.
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, well as being awarded the national medal for culture in Viet Nam. 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 was the publication of the first book on arts management in Slovak and the British Council project Closer to the Museum.
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.
- 2009 Dr. h. c. ( Doctor Honoris causa) Hanoi University of Culture, Viet Nam
- 2004 Dr. h. c. ( Doctor Honoris causa) Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni v Bratislave , Slovakia
- 1985 University of Essex - MA English Literature (Drama)
- 1975-6 Goldsmiths' College, University of London - Postgraduate Art Teachers Certificate
- 1972-5 Leeds School of Art - BA Hons 3 Dimensional Design & Fine Art Performance
- 1971 Watford College of Art - Foundation Art Course
MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy: [Cultural] Policy and Practice, Regeneration, Fundraising, Copyright, Audience Development.
Areas of supervision
- Cultural Industries & Regeneration Indonesia.
- Development through creativity, an experiment with performing arts in Africa.
- Korean Cultural Policy & Art Education.
- Cultural City Singapore. Audience development, policy and practice.
- Conceptual art & innovative practice.
- Integrating corporeal mime into a performance art practice.
- Acting to actuality, the impact of the ludic on performer training.
- Negotiating creativity, an analytical framework for the study of group theatre-making process.
- Cybertheatre and intimacy.
- Current board membership – Makebelieve Arts, Greenwich Theatre , Pan Intercultural Arts. Previously - Sadler’s Wells
- Vice President ENCATC European network on cultural management and cultural policy.
- Elected to Council of Goldsmiths, University of London, re elected 2015
Media appearances, grants and awards
- How do we develop innovative arts administrators? Gerald Lidstone asks the Big Question
- The Conversation: Our arts organisations are in a dance of death
- Ministry of Culture and Tourism Viet Nam National Culture Medal 2009
- Member of ILT (Institute for learning and Teaching in Higher Education ) 2001
- Fellow of Royal Geographical Society
- Pearce Prize for Teaching Goldsmiths College 1997
- Time Out award for theatre production Soundings London New Plays Festival 1993
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.
Adeste, Evaluation Framework, ICCE, Goldsmiths University of London;Lifelong Learning Programme, 2016
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
Lidstone, Gerald. 2013. Rethinking Education. In: Giannalia Beyens; Miguel Ramos; Enrik Zipane and Truus Ophuysen, eds. Empowering Individuals with the Appropriate Educational Tools,Skills and Competencies, for their Active Cultural, Political and Economic Participation in Society in Europe and Beyond. Brusseles: Access to the Culture Platform, pp. 8-21. ISBN 9789090284378
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
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.
Lidstone, Gerald N.. 2016. National Youth Dance Company 2012 – 2015 Three Year Evaluation. Technical Report. Goldsmiths, London.
Lidstone, Gerald N. and Costello, David. 2014. NESTA [National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts] Evaluation - Creative Pioneer Programme, Pilot year. Other. UNSPECIFIED, London.
Lidstone, Gerald N. and Morris, Gerri. 2002. A Review of the Structure of the Theatre Company of Cyprus THoC [ the National Theatre]. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED.