Gerald Lidstone BA MA ATC Dr.h.c FRGS is director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is founder of the postgraduate MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship programmes. He has also co-written and delivered an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries in Abu Dhabi.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 has been working for the last ten years on behalf of The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Viet Nam establishing Arts Management education in Hanoi University of Culture, as well as providing training to over 100 arts organisations, 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 2004 publication For Art’s Sake? Society and the Arts in the 21st Century. He has undertaken an evaluation of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts [NESTA], Graduate Pioneer Programme for Creativity and has written a report on Cultural Management training needs for the city of Odessa for the British Council and recently contributed to the UNESCO group working on ‘Towards a New Cultural Policy Profile’ and to the UNESCO World conference on Arts Education in Seoul 2010.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, on the board of Sadler’s Wells(09), Greenwich and Makebelieve Theatres and is an Arts Council England Advocate for the Powerbrokers Leadership Initiative, he has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni v Bratislave in Slovakia, 2004 and by Hanoi University of Culture in 2009. He was awarded the Viet Nam State Culture Medal by the Viet Nam Government in 2009.
I have worked for Gerald on the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy for nigh on 20 years. Gerald combines an extraordinary breadth of knowledge with a down-to-earth practical approach to getting stuff done. He is someone who in every encounter tries to leave you with a story or little piece of thinking which just takes you a couple of steps forward. It is a fine quality to cultivate.