Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Artist- Ashling Smith

Ashling's concept as a Fashion Designer is mainly based upon versatility and she believes in designing various functions within a singular garment. This is a reflection and necessity of our Contemporary world. For Panoply Ashling will be showcasing her latest design titled Fullness and Supression.

Monday, 28 February 2011


The lovely people at Bluebird Interiors Garstang are kindly helping to sponsor Panoply. Visit their website here or the shop at 8 Bridge Street, Garstang, PR3 1YB. Bespoke interiors using amazing fabrics and furnishings.


1.An impressive and wide display
2.A complete suite of Armour

Panoply is a performance art event based in costume, fashion design and theatre. It is a new cultural masquerade. The inaugral Panoply took place in October 2010. The Aim was to promote explorative works of performance art.

The Volkov Commanders bring Panoply to the vacant, Piccadilly Place ground floor retail units. The space is brutalist in it's architectural style, without any soft wood or polished floors. Replacing the lack of shop furnishings with progressive fashion design and live sculptural works displayed in front of an audience. Appropriating ‘commerce’ and the commercial in order to insert within it the hand made and conceptually driven.

Much like the Whitworth Galleries’ seminal exhibition, Marina Abromovic presents, the audience must navigate a space which the performers inhabit throughout the event. However, in Panoply some performances stop and start, some only last a few minutes, some the entirety of the event, and so culminate in a throng of differing and staggered live pieces.

As the Volkov Commanders we create fiction for the sake of spectacle. Our aims are to look forward, bringing artists and performers together whose work is dissident of contemporary cultural practices. Our intention is to perpetuate our events as a future ritual, as creatives we inhabit underground enclaves oppressed and opposed by the droning masses. We want you to join our future art cult.

March 31st 2011
Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Artist- Jo Scorah

Jo Scorah’s work is fuelled by the continuous cycle of opposing rhetoric that serves to invade modern media.
Issues concerning political intransigence, exile and violence, wind themselves around each other, a cyclical state that evades any conclusion. Exploring issues such as these are implemented within the construction of sculptural garments that take the form of installation pieces.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Artist- Nicola Ruben Montini

Ruben is an Italian performance artist whose work is powerful, striking and pushes the limits of the human body. His work often deals with his sexuality and the attitudes of his homeland. For Panoply Ruben will create a performance for us based on his ideas around the holy shroud.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Artist- Anthea Bush

Anthea is based in Amsterdam. Her vision of the motorcyclist is going to be an exciting re-telling as her formally static sculptures will take on human form as performers navigate the Panoply platform like feathered storm-troopers.