Arthur Rimbaud on his death bed
by Hervé Constant
The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation is using the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine as an inspirational starting point for a much wider mission to champion the arts and culture. Exploring the vital role played by the arts in education, inclusion, social capital building and cultural exchange, the Foundation is also developing a new and more sustainable business model for the arts, based around earned income.
Portraits avec la Malle by Hervé Constant
Collection Musée Arthur Rimbaud Charleville/Mézières France
The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation was originally founded back in 2011 specifically to take advantage of a legacy gift of No 8 Royal College Street in Camden, the property formerly occupied by the poets in 1873. The charity’s vision has long been to develop this important historic property as a European style ‘poetry house’, a centre for the arts and education, and an important community asset.
This vision is now under threat. The legacy gift has been withdrawn and the property has been put up for sale. The charity is exploring as a matter of urgency what it can do to preserve the public and charitable interest in the property.
This is how you can help. The charity needs to establish a ‘fighting fund’ so that it can obtain proper legal advice and representation. Please help us to reach our target of £10,000 and meet this challenging moment.
All contributions are welcome, no matter how small. Please give generously.
No 8 Royal College Street by Nick Hayes
Le Dernier Voyage by Hervé Constant