Gerald Lidstone BA MA ATC Dr.h.c FRGS is director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London, and founder of the postgraduate MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship programmes. He originally trained as a theatre designer and has managed 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 over 20 countries. He was also the director of a four-year British Know-How Fund (Foreign Office) project establishing in partnership with VSMU Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni, Arts Management education in Slovakia. He has been working for the last ten 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 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 and was recently part of the UNESCO group working on ‘Towards a New Cultural Policy Profile’. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by VSMU, 2004 and by Hanoi University of Culture in 2009.
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