1972

Captain Beefheart in the Bluecoat courtyard

US rock musician Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, had his first ever art exhibition at Bluecoat. 45 years later, his achievement as 'total artist' was the subject of a weekend celebration at the arts centre in 2017, when a film by the Bluecoat gallery director who arranged the 1972 exhibition, Lucy Cullen, was presented, giving her recollections of the exhibition and the artist. Photo: Don Valentine, copyright Bluecoat.