An exhibition of Amazonian photographs opens at the Gregson Center in Lancaster to accompany the Dom Phillips benefit concert

Dom Phillips and his colleague Bruno Pereira were killed in June in the Amazon while investigating attacks on indigenous life in the Javari Valley.

Lancaster musician Sian Phillips, Dom’s sister, along with Dom and Bruno’s widows, Alessandra and Beatriz, have since set up a Gofundme account to raise money for indigenous defenders in the Javari Valley, and all proceeds from the concert – proceeds will go to this fundraiser.

The concert features musicians from Lancaster Boom Bike Bourree, Ruth Eliza and the Balkanics – and, from Brazil, Gabriel Silveira,

Dom Phillips. Photo: Getty Images

The photo exhibition depicts life in the village of Ashaninka. It comes from a series of photographs taken in 1978 in Tinkereni, Rio Ene, Peruvian Amazon.

The exhibit runs from September 30 to November 30 and is part of a festival of Amazon-related activities taking place in and around Lancaster in honor of Dom and Bruno and others who have lost their life defending the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.

The festival is organized by a team from Halton Mill, with other activities in November including a specially curated exhibition on the destruction of the Amazon and hopeful solutions, which is on display at Halton Mill from October 30 ; a two-day conference at Lancaster University and online (November 19 and 20), arts activities, talks, films and more.

The full program will be announced at the benefit concert – for the latest information and to sign up for updates go to www.haltonmill.org.uk/DomBruno

One of the photos presented in the exhibition.

An original oil painting by artist Janet Mary Robinson, ‘Out of the Sun’, will also be on display at the Gregson, which will be raffled off, along with a ceramic whale from Sarah Livingston Ceramics, to raise funds. funds for fundraising.

The Gregson Community Center in Moor Lane is open Monday to Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

It has a bar and meals are served on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Janet Mary Robinson is working on “Out of the Sun”.
One of the photos presented in the exhibition.
Artist Janet Mary Robinson’s work “Out of the Sun”.

Tracey L. Sweeney