Using inspiration from the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, the Foundation wishes to encourage engagement with the arts, especially among those with clear social and educational need, and to broaden horizons by means of cultural exchange.
No 8 Royal College Street, the house formerly occupied by the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, is situated in the heart of Camden, and it is hoped that the poetry house will in due course provide an important educational resource for young people from local schools in what is an area of special educational need.
The Foundation also hopes to produce educational materials using poetry and suitable for the teaching of French language and culture and tailor-made to fit in with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
London is a larger French city than Bordeaux, with over 300,000 French inhabitants. The Foundation also intends to reach out to the French schools in the capital, some of which are situated near to the poetry house in North London, and to provide local pupils with a London-based experience of their native French culture.
The R&V Foundation has also set itself the wider objective of promoting Anglo-French cultural exchange, including live events, artists’ residencies and educational programmes aimed at giving opportunities to young people in both France and the UK. The Foundation wants to use these activities to foster good relations and closer cultural ties between the UK and France.