FAMOUS illustrator Quentin Blake, patron of The Campaign For Drawing, presented Caroline Jariwala and Graham Relton, of the National Railway Museum, York, with a Drawing Inspiration Award for their contribution to The Big Draw 2002.

The Big Draw is an annual celebration of drawing which takes place every October, when venues of all kinds and all shapes and sizes become home to an array of public drawing events.

Drawing Inspiration Awards are given annually to organisers who find the most imaginative ways of engaging new audiences in creative activity.

The National Railway Museum's event, entitled Drawing Platform, was designed to stimulate a fresh view of the museum's collections.

Visitors were invited by staff and artist Caroline to observe design, curves, colour, tones and contrasts within the exhibits and the building.

Zooming in on mechanisms and components and comparing the results with a special railway print exhibition made participants really look, explore and experiment. Individual drawings were added to a huge collective collage.

The museum was a runner-up and received a generous pack of Crayola art materials.

The fourth Big Draw, supported by Persil and NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), takes place throughout October. For more information, visit www.drawingpower.org.uk

Updated: 09:07 Monday, May 19, 2003