Follow us on: 

UNESCO supports creative practitioners in the “No. 5” Art Exhibition

Print Email


Ha Noi, 11 September 2017 - With support from UNESCO, the Art Exhibition "No. 5", was launched today to present 23 new artworks by five artists who have been experimenting with different artistic materials. The exhibition will be open until 21 September 2017 at the Old Quarter's Cultural Exchange Center, 50 Dao Duy Tu, Ha Noi.

The group exhibition included countryside landscapes, still life oil paintings, pottery and lacquer artworks created by Le Anh Quan, Tran Cong Dung, Hoang Duc Dung, Trinh Vu Hieu and Hoang Hai Anh.

Initiating the exhibition, Mr Michael Croft, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam and Head of UNESCO Ha Noi Office, acknowledged the joint effort of artists and various partners in making the launching possible. He stated that with the funding of the Korean Funds-in-Trust, UNESCO works to support the government of Viet Nam to implement its National Strategy for Cultural Industries Development and "with this activity, we hope to provide Vietnamese creative practitioners with opportunities to perform individual experiments with their artistic materials."

Speaking at the event, artist Thanh Chuong recounted his memories and reminded the audience that the best art is achieved when artists are truly themselves. He also expressed gratitude to the UNESCO Office in Ha Noi for supporting the arts and cultural industries in Viet Nam and that he is very gratified to witness the diversity in materials and styles presented at the Exhibition.

Featuring a number of different artistic styles and materials, the exhibition provided an open platform for the sharing and expression of the artists' stories with the public and youth of Viet Nam. The following are brief summaries of each artist and their work:

Le Anh Quan came under the spotlight among the fine art community of Ha Noi in early 2000 when he invested in his own individual gallery (Young Gallery) to promote and display new and bold artistic expressions from young artists in Ha Noi. Following the closure of Young Gallery, he led fewer artistic activities among the public. Nonetheless, the artist continued to progress on his path of expressionism art and experiments on various artistic materials. His techniques, skills and style have developed remarkably over time.

Tran Cong Dung is known for his woodcarvings of bicycle parking lots that resonate with his emotions and thoughts on the local life. The images go beyond mere descriptions of objects and share touching stories of people who have experienced a hard life. In the exhibition, No. 5, the artist presents a new series of lacquer artwork that portray hundred-year-old doors preserved in houses in the old quarter of Ha Noi. The doors, reflecting the beauty of those who have made it through the test of time, mirror the aesthetic taste of their original owners and their era. The selected material, lacquer, also illustrated an inspiring experiment by the artist at his workshop in Ha Thai, a traditional lacquer village in Ha Noi. It evokes, once again, the story of lacquer on the fine line between crafts and fine arts.

Trinh Vu Hieu is not a new name in the art community in Ha Noi. He is the founder of the Viet Nam Photo Fair organized in the country for the first time in 2015 and then in 2016. While pursuing his passion in fine arts, the artist has also developed an increasing interest in pottery. Recently, he has invested in modern facilities and special spaces near the Duong River to experiment with clay. His goal is to discover all the secrets behind pottery so he could feel the complete freedom in creating pottery artwork. In the "No. 5" Exhibition, Hieu presents his latest work along with inspiring stories about his experiments with pottery.

Hoang Duc Dung and Hoang Hai Anh bring a harmonious balance to the Exhibition with their countryside landscape and still life oil paintings. The materials and themes are both quite popular and sometimes perceived as rather effortless to work with. However, the artists convey powerful stories and emotions symbolized and expressed through the calm appearance on the surface of their work.

For more information, please contact:

  • Artist Lê Anh Quân at quanartist77(at),
  • Ms Tran Thuy, UNESCO Culture Programme Officer at tt.thuy(at)




1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

RSS Email Subscription

Enter your email address: