SCOTLAND'S first major art exhibition of 2023 will debut this weekend.

The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) will open the show in Edinburgh, presenting the work of over 150 artists.

A total of 315 paintings in a variety of styles and subjects will be on display at the Royal Scottish Academy on Princes Street.

Also making a debut this week is the RSW's newly appointed society president Angus McEwan.

McEwan, a multi-award-winning artist born in Dundee, has been a member of the society for more than 25 years, and has had his work exhibited around the world, including in Greece, Italy, Peru, Australia, China and the US.

McEwan said: “The RSW is unique among the artist societies I’ve seen around the world because it brings together artists working in all kinds of styles and techniques.

“Sometimes watercolour is seen as a traditional thing, but you only have to take a look at this show to see how inventive and expressive these artists are.

“It’s a real honour to be elected to this role. I’ve been teaching and doing demonstrations abroad for many years, and I want to support these artists to show their work on international platforms.”

The RSWs 142nd Open Annual Exhibition will showcase artists from around the country, including Marian Leven, Claire Harkess, Ann Oram, James Cosgrove and Ian McKenzie Smith.

A number of selections from an open submission for non-society members will be on display, with entries stretching from as far as the US.

Anne Skinner, Gillian Melville, Jenny Matthews, Pascale Rentsch and Saul Robertson are among 11 new members who will make their exhibition debut, after being elected to the RSW in October.

There will be a feature of memorial works by Anda Paterson and Oscar Goodall – a watercolour, oil and pastel landscape painter who passed away last year.

The free event will run from January 21 through to February 16, 2023.