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[Image: Susan Norwood and Bethany Millns. Photographed by Judie Waldmann]



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 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 science of tears and exploring it creatively.

Susan Norwood worked with science teacher, Claire Treverton, from Selly Oak School, to deliver an interactive science module on ‘tears’. The participants received guidance and tuition from professional artist filmmaker Riccardo Iacono and science adviser Dr. John M. Tiffany (formerly of University of Oxford). Project Volume also worked with advisor on autism, Dr. Rita Jordan, who contributed to evaluating how the projects structure and emotional aspects could engage those participants with autism.

Other participants in The Study of Tears included dancers and choreographers with learning disabilities attending a Summer Dance Intensive, at Dance Exchange. This was divided into ‘Experienced and talented dancers’ working with Susan Norwood and Vanessa Cook, focussing on their individual choreographic development.

A sharing of the choreography, films and discussions on tears, were used as inspiration for the ‘Beginners dancers course’, also at Dance Exchange. Participants in this course benefited from the guidence and support of dance artist Hayley Arundel.

Videos, photographs, drawings and writing produced through the project can be found on our recently launched blog at:

The 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.








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