Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery asked local artist to submit proposals for exhibitions of work. They were looking for 'something different'. My wife convinced me to apply as it cost nothing and I had nothing to lose. I was turned down. It may be that the work selected was simply better than mine. We shall see. In a way I'm relieved as I would have then had a lot of work to prepare. However, I think the problem is always going to be I reject the idea of establishment, the idea that a panel of 'experts' can choose art. The audience chooses art, and not always what the experts would prefer. I have always believed art should challenge the establishment. How can anything progress if it doesn't challenge the established order. Of course, the establishment is there to ensure it doesn't - authority doesn't like change as that rocks the boat. So to all of you that believe in being alternative, don't let them grind you down. You are the real future. Funnily enough I painted this while listening to Mogwai who themselves challenged the established order, not a conscious choice.