Mia van den Bos is an art worker, writer and artist from Tarndanya (Adelaide) in so-called-Australia and has been based in Arnhem, the Netherlands since 2019. Mia’s work and research interests are rooted in working class subjectivities and folklore, labour movement history and a commitment to a renewed communist poetics and futurity. She graduated from the Dutch Art Institute MA program in 2021 with her thesis which evaluated the potentialities and limitations of the trade union model in the contemporary arts context, titled The Artist’s Social Union: On politically organising non-productive workers.
Since 2022 Mia is a Board Member of Platform BK, an artist’s organisation that researches the role of art in society and takes action for a better art policy.
Mia was a founding Co-Director of Sister from 2016 – 2019, a gallery and project space in Bowden, Kaurna Country. Sister exhibited emerging local, interstate and international artists in exhibition and events, online and through publication. Mia has worked in arts administrative, front of house and curatorial roles at Art Gallery of South Australia, MOD., FRAN FEST and the City of Adelaide.
Mia graduated from the South Australian School of Art, UniSA in 2017 with First Class Honours. She has exhibited at FELTspace, Fontanelle Gallery, Format, Adelaide Town Hall, SASA Gallery, Prospect Gallery and the 2017 Hobart Biennale. In 2017 Mia was awarded the Adelaide Critics Circle Visual Arts Award. In 2018 she was a Finalist in the Young South Australian of the Year Awards (Visual Arts) and a recipient of the 2018 Carclew Fellowship, for which she attended Goldsmith London’s Curating the Contemporary Summer School and short internships at De Appel (Amsterdam) and Basis Voor Actuele Kunst (Utrecht).