Upcoming Events


A Feminist Marvellous

Sunday 13th September


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In our upcoming installment in the webinar series 'MUSES REDEFINED', The Debutante will be joined by Dr Catriona McAra, University Curator at Leeds Arts University. Catriona, who specialises in the legacies of women surrealists in contemporary practice, coined the term "feminist marvellous" to describe Leonora Carrington's influence on creative practitioners today.


Her theorisation of a feminist marvellous strikes a chord with The Debutante project, which strives to dislodge phallogocentric writings of surrealist art history.

Tickets via Eventbrite.

Intersectional Feminism

Reading group

Sunday 23rd August


The Debutante are committed to making our online and published content more intersectional. One of the ways in which we aim to do this is through the launch of our monthly reading group, in which we will discuss revolutionary texts written by BAME authors, establishing a decolonial feminism and the roots of intercultural performance.

Keep an eye on our social media channels and The Debutante website for publication of the full reading list.

Free tickets via Eventbrite.

The session is free and will be delivered via zoom.

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Past Events:


Feminist-Surrealist Webinars featuring Penny Slinger

Sunday 19th July 

6-7.30 pm

Join the editors of The Debutante for an evening of feminist-surrealist exploration with artist Penny Slinger.

During her respective lockdown in California, Penny has been creating intriguing digital photomontages and writing poetry in response to her feelings of psychological entrapment while self-isolating.


As well as discussing her most recent artwork, and what it means to redefine the muse, there will be space to ask Penny your own questions about feminist-surrealism.

The Avant-Garde Indoors

Friday29th May

A special event in collaboration with our friends at Drawing Life Glasgow.

The Debutante presents ‘The Avant-Garde Indoors’, a Drawing Life takeover session. Join us for an evening of feminist-surrealist portraiture, in which models will be recreating iconic indoor shots by the likes of Kati Horna, Claude Cahun and Yayoi Kusama.


Learn about these wonderful artists and their surrealist influences while you draw, as The Debutante co-editors will walk you through their lives and legacies. Profits made from this event will go towards funding issue 02 of The Debutante, and 10% towards Women’s Aid Scotland.

Electric Muses

Friday6th March 2020

The Debutante - in collaboration with Leith theatre, Cinetopia, Aurora Engine and Bell Lungs - presents ELECTRIC MUSES: An Evening of Feminist Surrealist Film celebrating women working in film and music.

In honour of International Women’s Day, join us in the Thomas Morton Hall from 7pm to celebrate women working in creative technology spanning across two centuries, bringing their overlooked input into the public eye. Since the beginning of the birth of cinema, women filmmakers have used this “electric” art form to tell their stories.

Featuring Work From:

  • Sarah Pucill

  • Kelsey Ashe

  • Germaine Dulac

  • Live Music from Aurora Engine and Bell Lungs.

The Feminist-Surrealist Manifesto

Issue 01 Launch 

Friday 24th January 2020

Join The Debutante editors for the launch of issue 1: A Feminist-Surrealist Manifesto.

Room 20 of the Modern One displays much of the gallery's surrealist collection, including exciting new acquisitions of work by Leonora Carrington, Toyen and Dorothea Tanning.

We invite you to a 'surreal' evening full of wine and creative exploration in Edinburgh.

Interested in Collaborating?

Email us your event proposal: surrealistwomen@gmail.com

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Background collage: Ailsa Sutcliffe.