The Debutante is a collaborative project originally described as "the love monster of two women". Since founding co-editors, Rachel Ashenden and Molly Gilroy, launched issue 01 in January 2020, The Debutante editorial team has proudly grown.
The Debutante aims to engender a new movement of feminist-surrealism. It is a non-for-profit publication with funds directed to the next issue. Both co-editors have full time jobs elsewhere.
Learn about our feminist collaboration and redefining the muse in our interview by Sophia Hembeck.
We seek to redress the patriarchal recording of art history by promoting the lives, work and legacies of marginalised surrealists.
We are open to all, and thoroughly encourage engagement and participation from anyone who is motivated by interjecting feminist-surrealists' art into the contemporary everyday, or, simply to learn more.
Online Editor - Tasmin Petrie
Tasmin’s background is in Spanish and Italian studies, in which she obtained her MA from the University of Glasgow in 2019. In 2020, she completed her MLitt in History of Art, also from the University of Glasgow. Her body of research focused on occult practices and ritual as tools of resistance against patriarchal oppression within the artistic production of Latin American women artists. She also examined the healing potential of Latin American women's art in the face of contemporary social ills and afflictions. Across both her academic and professional work Tasmin takes particular interest in strengthening inter-cultural dialogues between Latin America and Scotland.
Overseas issue 02 Editor - Dr. Kelsey Ashe
Dr. Kelsey Ashe is an Artist, Curator and Academic based in Western Australia, although originally from Tasmania and New Zealand. Ashe is fascinated with the Antipodean, (Austral-Asia-Pacific) and the things hidden, mysterious, meta-physical and mythic which emanate from the landscape and in particular from seascapes. Ashe’s work recently came to prominence in International Surrealist Art Practice when she received 2nd Place for her short film ‘Pearls and Blackbirds’ in a remake of Peggy Guggenheim's 1943 exhibition ’31 Women’ in Sedona, USA, January 2020 curated by Dr. Catriona McAra.
Issue 03 Guest Editor - Rochelle Roberts
Rochelle is a writer and editor with an interest in visual art. She has worked with organisations such as The Modernist Review, Maximillian William gallery, Decorating Dissidence and Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal as well as being Assistant Editor at the arts publisher Lund Humphries.