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Launching our Cultural Collection to the Community

Last week our inaugural exhibition for the UNIS Cultural Collection was a buzz with activity following its launch.

Donors Nhung Nguyen and Mark Rapoport of 54 Traditions Gallery were delighted to visit the exhibition and chat with our Grade 7 students who have been researching artefacts from the Cultural Collection and creating informative mini-films to accompany each item. And they couldn’t wait to share with each other too!

The UNIS Cultural Collection is an extraordinary learning resource for our students and community made possible through philanthropy.

We are extremely grateful for the generous donation of more than 200 Vietnamese cultural and historic artefacts by Ms Nhung and Dr Rapoport from their gallery. This unique gift has created the UNIS Cultural Collection – an educational resource designed to inspire learning through the lens of Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage.

Also joining us for the launch this week was Mr Truong Lam and Ms Lo Thi Thu Huyen who have supported the realisation of the Collection for our community and expert Mr Alexis Rodrigue-Lafleur who has advised the School in curating the Collection. We are also grateful to NOI Pictures for the stunning photography of the artefacts which will allow us to share the resource far and wide!

And this week, the sharing started with a presentation about the Collection and its artefacts at the School Community Organisation’s SDG Week Community Meeting with Abi Beamish and Hailey Kim from Grade 7 with Individuals and Society teacher, Ms Laura Kaufman, who led the Grade 7 Culture unit and the realisation of the inaugural exhibition.

We will be creating a permanent home for the Collection in our Ly Thai To Learning Centre on campus which will launch in Semester 2. In the meantime we are delighted that Dr Rapoport will host four workshops for our community in which he will share the fascinating stories behind artefacts from the UNIS Hanoi Cultural Collection and rare treasures from their own private collection.

UNIS Cultural Collection: Community Workshops

Dr Rapoport will host 15 people for each of the sessions at the gallery (30 Hang Bun, Ba Dinh) and light refreshments will be served. The workshops will be in English only. You can sign up through the UNIS Community Programmes Winter Session.

The workshops will be free of charge in the spirit of the gallery’s extraordinary philanthropy to build community and learning about Vietnam’s history and ethnic cultures.


  • Tuesday December 8 at 10.00
  • Saturday January 16 at 10.00
  • Saturday February 27 at 10.00