William is the Senior Lecturer & Course Leader for MA Fine Art, and a Co-founder and Director of 'In-Situ', an artist led organisation (Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation), based in Pendle, East Lancashire, UK. His transdisciplinary research practice crosses a variety of fields including Art, Anthropology, Architecture, Sociology, Psychoanalysis, Health & Wellbeing, and Geography. His projects and artworks interrogate and reveal aspects of community, and the collective interpretation of landscape through a creative process of engagement with People, Place and Environment.
Besides being the Course Leader for the Masters Programme in Fine Art, William has exhibited extensively around the world including The USA, Pakistan, India and Europe. He has produced books about his social art projects and writes as a participant, as an artist and as a member of the local community. His paper 'Creative Relations' was published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge) in The Journal of Social Work in 2017 and reveals the impact of social art processes on all participants, including the artist. By adopting artistic research methods, and specifically, by making work in the place where he lives, his research analyses social artistic processes from the perspective of the artist, adding to debates around what social arts practice is, and what its limits are in its original social context and within the gallery and documentary systems of dissemination. For examples from his archive spanning 20 years of Social Art Practice, please visit his website at William Titley.
With a wide range of Awards, William’s creative research practice aims to make art a part of everyday life through the embedding of exhibitions, performances, installations, conferences and public interventions into everyday situations with local and international communities. Working with and supporting international artists and communities from the UK, Europe, Pakistan, Mexico, USA, and India, and disseminating his outputs internationally his work continues to reach world-wide audiences: appearing on BBC Radio 6Music with Mary Anne Hobbs (over 2.5 milliion listeners), and The Muslim TV channel, which is transmitted to over 136 countries).
- PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester School of Art. (viva 2022)
- PGCE, Huddersfield University, 2005
- MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2002
- BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire, 2001
- Arts Council England 2011 – 2012 – 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2017
- British Council International Research Award 2011 to 2014
- Juliet Gomperts Trust 2008
- Social Art Practice
- Ethical Aesthetics
- Founding Director of In-Situ Arts - International Social Arts Organisation with Arts Council National Portfolio Status.