Before their residency in studio 468, they had been involved with Rialto Youth Project since they were eight years old engaging in a continuous series of art processes over 13 years. They first participated in the Mapping Project, a joint visual arts programme between The Irish Museum of Modern Art, three community youth projects and Common Ground. They were involved in a local visual art group in Rialto who explored their relationship to their local area manifesting in sculptures and murals including a public mural in Philadelphia. They were core members of What’s the Story? Collective, an interdisciplinary group of youth workers, young people and an artist.