Get your pen and paper at the ready...

A RECORD-BREAKING drawing initiative is coming to Galashiels this Saturday.

The UK’s largest free visual art programme – annually involving more than 300,000 participants – The Big Draw encourages people to pick up their pencil or pen again.

In its 12-year history, the event has encouraged more than two million people get back to the drawing board.

And in the process, it has notched two Guinness world records – for the longest drawing made at one kilometre and for the largest number of people drawing simultaneously at over 7,000.

“This month-long season celebrates creativity, and encourages experiment and enjoyment,” said a spokesperson.

Scottish Borders Council’s assistant curator of museums and galleries, Phoebe Stewart, said: “The Big Draw is a fantastic way of allowing people from all walks of life at any age to gather together to draw and express themselves through the influence of drawing.

“I hope the Big Draw campaign will see many faces, both new and old, coming into Old Gala House to join in the fun.”

The Big Draw spokesperson added: “Drawing is a universal language that unites people of all ages, abilities and cultures.

“The Big Draw extends the vocabulary of drawing and challenges conventions and preconceptions.

“It shows how pencil, pen, chalk or the computer mouse can inspire observation, imagination and invention. Drawing connects us with our environment and helps us to see, think and communicate.”

Free-of-charge drop-in sessions for all the family take place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday at Old Gala House.

The campaign is also visiting Bowden Village Hall on Saturday, October 27, from 2pm to 6pm.