After growing up in Peterlee, Dixon went on to study at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, earning his BFA in 1980. He then earned his MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art in 1986. From 1986 to 1998, Dixon worked as a part-time visiting Lecturer in Ceramics at the Edinburgh College of Art, The London Institute, The Surrey Institute, Staffordshire University, Cork Institute of Technology, Tameside College, Manchester City College, and Berkshire College of Art and Design. After leaving this post in 1998, Dixon became a Research Fellow in Contemporary Crafts at Manchester Metropolitan University, and, in 2003, he was elevated into the Senior Research Fellow position. Currently, Dixon works as the Professor of Contemporary Crafts at the Manchester School of Art. His career has been frequented with involvement in research projects and community-focused art projects, and in 2007 he curated the exhibition 200 Years: Slavery Now for the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool, England.
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