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Yula Kim

Artist | Painter 

Yula Kim (b. 1996, South Korea) is a London-based artist, who employs her Third Cultural identity of expression to portray the connection between human cultures and nature through birds and their histories.

As a Third Culture Kid, Yula grew up in Asia (South Korea, China), Polynesia (Hawaii), Africa (Uganda), and Europe (The United Kingdom). These diverse environments have given her ample cultural and environmental experiences to draw upon in her artwork.

Yula's inter-continental life has stimulated her ability to see the inherent aesthetics of nature, enlightened her gaze and helped her consider the significance of nature in individual lives, and society, as a whole.

She offers a diverse viewpoint in her artwork as she describes the relationships between human desire, cultures and the natural environment.

Photography by the talented photographer Claire Ward.

Artist Statement 

Yula is a painter who uses lines, figurative and abstract shapes based on nature and urban spaces, vivid colours, and space to express her Third Cultural gaze to see our society and our connection to nature. She endeavours to state the cultural hybrid of considering the role of nature and its creatures in today's society in relation to civilisation and the philosophy of aesthetics as well as its influence on the intellectuality in human cultural development . Then, she uses her visual inspirations from birds in different geographies and narrates a new cultural viewpoint to paint a new concept of territory and reveal connections between human culture and nature. She also seeks to mutualise cultures indicating diverse perspectives. 

Yula's art philosophies are based on her key questions: 'How birds narrate our desire to own nature',  'How do birds narrate a new perspective on migration/decolonisation/cultural border?' and 'How do birds (and other animals) provide a new perspective to human migration and occupation of place?'. 

This is because Yula utilises sources from the historical contributions of birds to human cultures across the world. As a result of her life experience abroad, she is endowed her with the skills to examine birds in different regions and investigate the various roles they serve especially in their contributions to the art and craft of the local areas. Then, she visually connects these discoveries with the idea of aesthetics and the intellectual relationship of humans while visually examining it based on Kant’s Critique of Judgement theory.

Historically, birds have contributed to various human cultural developments, including arts, science, philosophy, and religion. Birds have numerous, unique elements compared to other animals: their distinctive reproduction system, original feather colors (e.g primary colors are not found in any other species), the ability to fly, and their seasonal long-distance migration from continents to continents. Moreover, birds have seemingly adopted the artificial world over centuries. Yet, they react sensitively against such changes throughout their lives. This juxtaposition indicates the anthropological perception of the migration of humans and animals (caused by humans) and the ecological effect of the artificial movement of native species for humanistic benefits. ​​

Yula's artworks have been presented in some significant exhibitions including the Platinum Jubilee Collection at Kensington Council and the Tate Modern in Late March 2023. Then, her painting has been chosen to celebrate His Majesty's Coronation and will be digitally presented at Windsor Castle during the Coronation Concert on the 7th of May, 2023. 

Yula have received her Master Degree of Contemporary Art Practice (Public Sphere) at the Royal College of Art in 2023, and she had previously studied BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. 



MA Contemporary Art Practice: Public Sphere 
September 2021 -June 2023
Royal College of Art


Critical and Historical Studies, : Distinction Award 

Dissertation: How Do Birds Narrate Our Desire for Ownership? 

September 2021 -June 2022

Royal College of Art, Part of Master's Degree Course 

BA Fine Art (2.1 Award)

September 2018- June 2021  
Goldsmiths College, University of London


Art Festival 


BODYSPACES Art Canvas Fair                                                    28th of July-11th of August 2023

The Line London, Hoxton, London, UK, Curated by ITSLIQUID GROUP

Coronation Concert for His Majesty Charles III 'The Royal Collaboration', Exhibiting of No.A

                                                                                                                                                            7th of May 2023

Windsor Castle, Windsor, United Kingdom    

Beyond Surface Tactilities Presence, Screening of The Blue World

Tate Modern Late x CAP Festival

                                                                                                                                                        31st of March 2023

Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

Symposium Narrator of Opening, CAP Festival Beyond Surface                               27th of March, 2023

Gorvy Lecture Theatre,  Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom


CAP festival Hybrid Reality, Exhibiting of Happy Toucany Toucan  

                                                                                                         21st of March – 1st of April 2022 

Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, United Kingdom    


CAP festival 2022, 'CAP Salon', Exhibiting of Plastic Quetzal

                                                                                                                                       22th - 24th of February 2022

Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, United Kingdom      


The World of Light, Auckland Artweek 2021, Screening of Window 2020 

                                                                                                                                          5th-11th of November 2021

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand


Eco Feminist Festival 2021  

                                                                                                                                            7th - 17th of October 2021

Art Pavilion, Mile End, London, United Kingdom


The Postcard Project Book          

                                                                                                                                              14th -15th of August 2021

The Net Gallery, Green Park, London, United Kingdom        



Solo Show


Soaring                                                                                                                          5th-11th of September, 2023

Invited Artist Exhibition, BNK Art Cinema Gallery,  Busan, South Korea


Selected Exhibition


Aesthetics of Bliss                                                                                                    31st of July-4th of August 2023                                                                       

67 York Street Gallery, Marylebone, London, United Kingdom    


RCA 2023 Show

The Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom                                                 13th - 16th of June 2023 

Inside Out 

Core Arts Gallery, Hackney, London, United Kingdom                                                            15th-20th of May 2023


Landscape 2023

                                                                                                                                                     1st - 31st of  March2023 

The Glasgow Gallery of Photography CIC, Glasgow, United Kingdom  



Platinum Jubilee Collection 

                                                                                                                                     8th of July 2022-5th of May 2023

The Civic Gallery, Kensington Town Hall, London, United Kingdom    


Graduation Showcase  

                                                                                                                                                      10th-17th of July 2021

Smiths and Partner Gallery, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom                                            


Silent Spring        

                                                                                                                                                       7th-22th of July 2021

We Are The Minories, Essex, United Kingdom    



Remembrance of Species 2020      

                                                                                                                                                  30th of November 2020

Online, Sponsored by Sottish Sea-Bird centre, and Umbral Axochiatl Xochimilco, Scotland, United Kingdom



Aesthetics of Bliss                                                                                           31st of July-4th of August 2023                                                             

67 York Street Gallery, Marylebone, London, United Kingdom    


                                                                                                                                                             15th-18th of June 2017

Goldsmiths, University of London, London,  United Kingdom    


Artist Residency 

Artist in Residency (Invited Artist Status)                                                          7th-20th of  August 2023

Arts letters and Numbers, Albany, New York, USA


The MERZ Kate Project                                                                                                               9th-13th of July 2022

Merz Barn, Langdale, Lake District, United Kingdom


Parliament of Owls                                                                                                5th-20th of May 2022 

Ayatana Artists Research Programme, Ottawa, Canada




Soaring: 자연 고유의 색감으로, 인간과 공존의 세상을 빚다. 


BNK Exhibition : 20320부산월드엑스포 유치기원-김유라 초대전





Yula Kim, Contemporary Art Practice, RCA 2023 


Digital Artwork by Artist from Busan appeared at the Coronation Concert of King Charles III 




Royal College of Art students contribute special artworks for King Charles III’s Coronation Concert  




Platinum Jubilee Connection, 'Tangled Eagle; Life of Secretary Bird: Yula Kim'    



Artweek Auckland, An Indie Road Movie & More Fun Things For The Weekend

(Participated Event) 


The Postcard Project 

200 Postcards, 200 Artists, 200 Responses to an Incredibly Life-changing Year

(Participated Event)

Publication and Archive 

Aesthetica Magazine, August and September edition 2023 

Glimpse Magazine, Royal College of Art, July 2023

Artistcloseup Magazine, No.4, March 2023

Royal College of Art Library and Special Collection Archive; Dissertation How Do Birds Narrate Our Desire for Ownership? , November 2022

ArtConnect GmbH Artist Site, Berlin, Germany, November 2022



Flora fiction Literary Magazine, Fall Issue, October 2022



Zine Magazine, Royal College of Art, March 2022


Shortlisted and Award 


Arts Numbers and Letters Organisation Artist Scholarship

Arts letters and Numbers Organisation, Albany, NW, USA, 2023


'Best of the Week' Feature 

ArtConnect GmbH, Berlin, Germany, 2022                     


BA Fine Art Department Student Coordinator Bursary Award                                                       

Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom, 2020


Shortlisted to 'Contemporary Art Scholarship Competition 2023'

European Cultural AcademyVenice, 2023 

Shortlisted to The Awesome Foundation 'Fund Without Border'                                                                        

The Awesome Foundation, Boston, United State, 2022


Relevant Experience  

Curator for Exhibition Aesthetics of Bliss                                                                                   31 th July -4th of August, 2023

67 York Street, London, United Kingdom 

Photographer at Tate Modern Late x CAP Festival Beyond Surface                                                     31st of March, 2023

Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom 

Symposium Co-Organiser, CAP Festival Beyond Surface                                                 20th January -27th of March, 2023

Gorvy Lecture Theatre,  Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom

Student Trustee/ Representative                                                                                                          October 2021 – June 2022

Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom 

LUDO Project Leader                                                                                                                May 2021-June 2021 

Goldsmiths CCA, London, United Kingdom

BA Fine Art Department Student Coordinator                                                                                   October 2020 – June 2021

Goldsmiths University of London, London, United Kingdom  

BA Fine Art Interview Panel                                                                                                                                   March 2020, 2021 

Goldsmiths University of London, London, United Kingdom 

Art Mentor                                                                                                                                                  November 2019 - June 2020  

Goldsmiths University of London, London, United Kingdom 

BA Fine Art Peer Assistance Learning Facilitator                                                                          September 2019 - April 2020  

Goldsmiths University of London, London, United Kingdom 

Create Art Coordinator                                                                                                                                 June 2019 - August 2019

Village Camps York (Residential Camp), York, United Kingdom





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