Artist collaborates with student

A Mearns artist has expanded his skills and launched a new business with help from a student at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Monday, 21st March 2016, 7:00 am
Francis Boag with some of his work
Francis Boag with some of his work

Francis Boag, the Stonehaven-based artist behind Boagart Ltd., collaborated with a Communication Design student from Gray’s School of Art to expand his work to include a new digital image production business.

Francis was looking to launch a new online print publishing business with his son but lacked some technical skills to digitally enhance his prints and paintings.

The artist engaged with Talent Exchange, a new work experience initiative for Scotland’s north-east which provides opportunities for small and medium sizes enterprises (SMEs) to access the skills and knowledge of RGU students.

Francis said: “I decided to engage with Talent Exchange as I’d heard how flexible it is and I thought it would be a good idea to collaborate and get the input of a young person. I didn’t have strong digital media skills so I thought this might be a good gap for a student to fill.”

The Boagart project was to create a new range of prints through digital enhancement and repainting with a view to offering the work to galleries where Francis’s originals are already exhibited, as well as sell online to corporate clients around the world.

Francis said: “It worked really well. My student, Ruairdhri, acted as a technician and was able to input his technical knowledge to work alongside my brief. I have learnt a lot from him and his technical skills have had a really positive impact on the business.”

Since starting to promote directly to SMEs in September 2014, Talent Exchange, 291 companies across 25 different sectors engaging with the initiative to date. For more information visit