Aurella Yussuf is a writer and art historian. Her research focuses on the relationship between art institutions, art practice and Black artists. She is interested in how Black artists form community and create spaces outside of art institutions, and how those spaces can be generative for working and for critical thinking. 

Aurella is a founding member of interdisciplinary art collective Thick/er Black Lines whose work has been exhibited at Project Row Houses, Houston, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, London, and Somerset House, London. From 2015 to 2018 she ran Women of Colour Film Club, a digital trans-Atlantic project facilitating discourse on race and gender in cinema. From 2019 to 2022, she was the convener of Kitchen Table Crit, a peer forum for Black artists, writers and curators. She is the co-creator of the Blk Art Map, an online guide to Black art exhibitions in Britain.

After completing a BA in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton, Aurella received her MA in Global Arts from Goldsmiths College, and she is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Her writing has appeared in AWARE, Hyperallergic, Frieze, Artskop, Arts.Black and other contemporary art publications. She has delivered lectures, events and workshops for organisations such as Tate, Glasgow School of Art, Whitechapel Gallery, Photoworks, and many more.