Two women sit on a double bed. One of the women is White, with short dark hair, reading a book. While the other woman is Black with longer hair. She sits with her knee up looking into the distance. The women are surrounded by blue walls.

Glasgow Women’s Library presents Moving Images Within Precarious Structures – Episode 1: A Prayer Before Birth / Loss of Heat.

The first episode of a year-long programme Moving Images Within Precarious Structures, this double screening presents two works from The Work We Share project. The screening will be accompanied by a conversation between poet Nat Raha, artist Camara Taylor, chaired by artist and Cinenova working group member Moira Salt. There will be time for questions and discussion after the films.

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Jacqui Duckworth’s A Prayer Before Birth (1991, 20 minutes) and Noski Deville’s Loss of Heat (1994, 20 minutes) tell stories of, and crucially stem from, experiences of chronic illness. Made within a few years of one another, both films challenge preconceived representations of disability through queer and feminist moving image practice.

In a newly commissioned text titled ‘Breaking ground, cripping mirrors; or lesbians don’t waltz by themselves: on Jacqui Duckworth’s A Prayer Before Birth, Nat Raha writes that in “the space that emerges between fiction, personal experience and surrealism,A Prayer enacts an avant-garde lesbian aesthetic working to come to terms with being in a disabled body, that places the emotional turbulence of this experience front and centre while confronting affects through which ableism coheres”. You can read the full essay here.

Loss of Heat on the other hand is an evocative portrayal of queer love that challenges preconceived notions on the ‘reality’ of living with the invisible disability of epilepsy. It is a poetic, immersive interpretation exploring the interplay of the emotional and the physical, across boundaries of sexuality, dependence and desire.

All works in the programme are captioned. Captions by Collective Text. The introduction and post-screening conversation will be live captioned, and speakers will be using microphones. Live captioning provided by Andrena McMenemy.


Moving Images Within Precarious Structures is supported by Fine Art Research (SoFA) at the Glasgow School of Art, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH), and is a partnership between Fine Art Research (SoFA) at GSA, and LUX Scotland.

Episode 1 is co-presented with Cinenova and Glasgow Women’s Library.

School of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art: Fine Art Research (SoFA) at the Glasgow School of Art is an intellectual and creative environment for innovation in contemporary fine-art practices. Drawing on a legacy of the radical imagination and on conceptual practices, it seeks to enact possibilities for art as it meets with heritage, feminist histories, remote landscapes, queer modalities, moving image research, curating, art writing and publishing initiatives. SoFA research is comprised of staff, doctoral students and non-academic researchers engaged in high quality individual and collaborative research. Researchers contribute to an inclusive, non-hierarchical approach to research environment engaging local and international partners.

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LUX Scotland: LUX Scotland is a non-profit agency dedicated to supporting, developing and promoting artists’ moving image practices in Scotland. Through our public and learning programmes; production and commissioning opportunities; education and research activity, and advocacy and consultancy work, we support artists’ moving image in collaboration with a wide range of partners.

Cinenova: Cinenova is a volunteer-run charity preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers. It was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in 1979. Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films, documentary, and educational videos made from the 1910s to the early 2000s.


Noski Deville is a cinematographer and film artist, working across film, music and sound. As Workshop Co-ordinator at the London Filmmakers Co-Op in the 1980s she developed her skills on the JK Optical Printer. Deville has over 25 years experience as a cinematographer, which is well known from her award winning work with internationally acclaimed artists including; Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, Alia Syed, Daria Martin and Jananne Al-Ani. In 2015 she won the Jules Wright Prize for her cinematography in the field of visual arts. An industry recognised Director of Photography and member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians, Deville is also a committed film educator having headed up the Cinematography Department at UCA, Farnham Film School.

Jacqui Duckworth was an independent filmmaker, born in Warrington in 1948. All of Jacqui’s film and photography work arose from an instinctive and original cleverness rather than a traditional academic approach and she made several searching films before the MS diagnosis in her early 30s prevented her carrying on with her plans for further film projects. These included: An Invitation to Marilyn C, Home Made Melodrama and A Prayer before Birth, the latter shown on Channel 4 as part of a series exploring the relationship between mind and body.

camara taylor is an artist and – – – living in Glasgow. They tend to make still and moving images, texts, events and installations that act as moments of stasis in an enduring unravelling of—

Dr Nat Raha is a poet and activist-scholar, and Lecturer in Fine Art Critical Studies at Glasgow School of Art. Her research focuses on transfeminism, LGBTQ+ genders and sexualities, practices and collectives of care and social reproduction, racial capitalism and decolonization, across poetry, politics, theory, print, art, and hi(r)stories of liberation movements. Nat is the author of four collections of poetry including of sirens, body & faultlines (Boiler House Press, 2018) and apparitions (nines) (Nightboat Books, forthcoming 2024). Nat’s critical writing has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Queer Print in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2022) and Transgender Marxism (Pluto Press, 2021), Nat co-edited ‘Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now’, Third Text special issue (January 2021), and co-curated Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library (2021). With Mijke van der Drift, Nat co-edits Radical Transfeminism zine, and is co-authoring Trans Femme Futures: An Abolitionist Ethics for Transfeminist Worlds (Pluto Press, forthcoming 2024).

Moira Salt is a multimedia artist, using film and sound, performance, found objects, printmaking, and installations. Her practice looks at B/black diasporas, particularly women, and their connection to memory, myth, and land. Salt uses geology, fiction and technology to imagine possible futures and their necessary histories, which cast a critical eye on capitalism and environmental consumption. Salt tries to imagine what may have been forgotten and where we (as a global community) might be going. She has been a member of the Cinenova Working Group since 2020.