Cursiter, who was a champion of art education for children and adults, was born and raised in Kirkwall and died in 1976 at the age of 89. Originally trained as a printer, he went on to become a successful portrait painter and landscape artist and was a director of the National Galleries of Scotland as well as the Queen's official painter in Scotland.
More than 60 works of art as well as family memorabilia will be on show during the exhibition, staged at Tankerness House museum and Kirkwall Town Hall.
A programme of workshops, lectures and activities will be offered throughout the exhibition's run until September 29.
Schools can choose from more than 10 different workshops, aimed at nursery to S2 level.
Activities available to all visitors include a jigsaw created especially for the show and based on one of Cursiter's most popular portraits, "The Fair Isle Jumper", on loan from the City Art Centre in Edinburgh.
Further information from Tankerness House museum T 01856 873535