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 in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship programmes. Previously he was the Head of the Department of Theatre and Performance in Goldsmiths. For over fourteen years, Gerald has worked on behalf of The Ministry of Culture and Information in Vietnam establishing Arts Management education in Hanoi University of Culture, funded by the Ford Foundation.
Gerald was recently the Vice President of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres [ENCATC]. For a number of years he analysed the 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 project for Sadler's Wells in the UK. Gerald has been awarded honorary doctorates by Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni v Bratislave in Slovakia, 2004 and by Hanoi University of Culture in 2009.
The Creative Industries are now important to most developed economies. Most countries have policies and strategies to support them to a greater or lesser degree. This may involve many different mechanisms to access investment, mentoring and the creation of incubators and hubs. But what is the role of Universities, particularly those working with creative and cultural subjects but maybe not hard science and technology. Museums and galleries, theatres, recording studios, film-makers, game designers and writers all contribute substantially to the economy, but maybe more importantly by developing more of their own income they can contribute to a vibrant creative society and remain more independent . How can universities educate people who ‘think’ entrepreneurially?
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Last updated: 13 March 2015