People gathered in the foyer at the CCA in Glasgow

Untinned Animal

Jamie Bolland

Jamie Bolland is an artist and musician based in Glasgow. Through their tin-foiled alter ego Mercuro-Chrome, they explore their experience as a survivor of the mental health system, agitating through poetry and performance for alternatives to ‘cops in crisis’ care.

Jamie premiered a processional performance – acting as part soapbox-spieler, part zealot, part sage – as part of our opening event Manifesto at the CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on Wednesday 4 October 2023. They also created a series of pamphlets containing extracts from their performance and material that inspired it.

I was sectioned in 1999 and later diagnosed with bipolar. It has had a continuing isolating effect on my life. In the past few years though I have become more aware of other mad activists. It has been wonderful to discover people sharing similar livid experiences with the mental health system.

In particular, the successful campaign (in 2021, England) to stop the wider roll-out of Sensory Integrated Monitoring (SIM) which criminalised people who were experiencing crisis. Let’s agitate for a revolutionary approach to care that is by the community for the community – with unity there is strength.

Jamie Bolland

Download the Pamphlets

Each pamphlet is available to download as a PDF or buy for £3 from Jamie Bolland’s non-profit publishing co-operative slo-mo books.

Cover of a zine by Jamie Bolland entitled No More Cops in Crisis Care

Contains references to self-harm, suicide, trauma and institutional abuse.

Cover of a zine entitled Treat Illness as a Weapon

Contains references to being arrested and sectioned.

Cover of a zine entitled I Am A Cocoon

Contains sexual references.

‘Revolution’ Commissions

‘Revolution’ is the theme for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2023. We have commissioned five artists to create new work to address this theme – and posed a challenge to established ways of thinking.

Jamie Bolland performing electronic music in his Mercurochrome costume including a tin foil headpiece

Untinned Animal

Jamie Bolland was commissioned to develop a processional performance and a series of downloadable pamphlets inspired by our ‘revolution’ theme.
Four women posing on colourful chairs looking into the camera.

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Multimedia montage
Visual Arts

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