The Study of Tears is a pioneering science and art research and education project exploring why we cry, led and designed by Susan Norwood, Artistic Director of Project Volume.

It was created for young people with learning disabilities, with funding from Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford University, Eveson Charitable Trust and the Wellcome Trust, to stimulate the learning of science through dance, film and art.

Students from Selly Oak Trust School in Birmingham, were taken through a professional experience of being a filmmaker or a dancer; researching the theme of tears and exploring it creatively through drawing, choreography, discussion and video. 

Susan Norwood worked with science teacher, Claire Treverton, from Selly Oak School, to deliver a science module on ‘crying’. The students received guidance and tuition from professional artists Riccardo Iacono, Vanessa Cook and Hayley Arundel and science advisers Dr. John M. Tiffany (University of Oxford) and Dr. Rita Jordan (University of Birmingham).

Other participants in The Study of Tears included dancers and choreographers attending Project Volume's Summer Dance Intensive, at Dance Exchange.

The Study of Tears blog has been designed to provide a platform for participants and other interested individuals and groups to share and respond to the material and ideas generated by the project.

A web-based Project Archive and Educational Resource on The Study of Tears can be found at:

Company Ltd by Guarantee 
Company Reg. No. 06700543
Charity No. 1129107