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The Debutante is a collaborative project originally described as "the love monster of two women". Since founding co-editors, Rachel Ashenden (left) and Molly Gilroy (right), launched issue 01 in January 2020, The Debutante editorial team has proudly grown. Find out more about our editorial direction below.



The Debutante aims to engender a new movement of feminist-surrealism. It is a non-for-profit publication with funds directed towards the next issue.

Our vision

We seek to redress the patriarchal recording of art history by promoting the lives, work and legacies of women and gender non-conforming surrealists.


Our values

We are open to all, and thoroughly encourage engagement and participation from anyone who is motivated by to learn more about feminist-surrealism.

We are a trans inclusive publication.

Our editorial approach is intersectional, as we prioritise the work of artists and writers who are impacted by more than one system of oppression.

 Editorial team 


Editor - Tasmin Petrie

Tasmin’s background is in Spanish and Italian studies, in which she has an MA from the University of Glasgow. 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 Latin American feminist art. Across both her academic and professional work Tasmin takes particular interest in strengthening inter-cultural dialogues between Latin America and Scotland.


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 Editor at the arts publisher Prestel.


Overseas issue 02 Editor - Dr. Kelsey Ashe

Kelsey is an Artist, Curator and Academic based in Western Australia, although originally from Tasmania and New Zealand. She 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.

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