Talented young Derry artist unveils painting at Gransha Park

Young Derry artist Tori McNeill has painted a beautiful painting, titled ‘Shine Bright’ for Lilac Villa at Gransha Park.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 10th June 2022, 3:12 pm

Dr Mary McDaid, Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist, Head of Service, Children’s ASD Services at the Western Trust welcomed Tori, along with her family, to unveil the painting.

Mary said: “We are delighted to welcome Tori and her family today to unveil her beautiful painting which Tori has chosen to be placed in one of our assessment rooms at Lilac Villa. Tori is a gifted artist who has painted this piece of art work especially for the assessment room which will bring joy, hope and inspiration to all the young people who currently access our services here in Lilac Villa. Tori named her painting ‘Shine Bright’ and this has definitely transformed this room into a warm, bright and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy. Thank you so much Tori. You and your family should be incredibly proud of your achievement – well done and we wish you continued success in the future.”

Tori McNeill said: “I love inspiring people with disabilities, it makes me proud to be an artist. Painting makes me feel proud, relaxed and happy and has given me more confidence. I can speak up for myself and I am proud of what I CAN do, being different and being accepted! Let you true colours shine through – Thank you!!”

Joan Byers, Assistant Director Children’s Disability Services said: “Thank you Tori for sharing your beautiful art with the Trust. Tori, you are an inspirational young woman. You are courageous, brave and tenacious. For all those who walk through these corridors whether be at the start of their journey, sitting with a mix of hope and fear of the unknown, your painting provides a beacon of hope that tomorrow can be a brighter day. Your painting which you have kindly shared with us all to enjoy is a wonderful representation of hope that all our children and young people can ‘shine bright’.”

Talented artist Tori McNeill pictured at the unveiling of her painting 'Shine Bright' in the Assessment Room, Lilac Villa, Gransha Hospital site.
Talented artist Tori McNeill (centre) pictured outside Lilac Villa, Gransha Hospital site along with Joan Byers; Ann Brattin; Dara McNeill; Rosemary Davis; Robert Brattin; Karen Torley and Dr Mary McDaid.
Talented artist Tori McNeill pictured with Joan Byer, Assistant Director Children's Disability Services, Western Trust and Dr Mary McDaid, Dr Mary McDaid, Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist, Head of Service, Children’s ASD Services, Western Trust at the unveiling of her painting 'Shine Bright' in the Assessment Room, Lilac Villa, Gransha Hospital site.
Talented artist Tori McNeill pictured with her proud mum Dara McNeill and her art teacher Karen Torley from Banyan Theatre at the unveiling of her painting 'Shine Bright' in the Assessment Room, Lilac Villa, Gransha Hospital site.
Talented artist Tori McNeill pictured with her proud grandparents Robert Brattin and Ann Brattin at the unveiling of her painting 'Shine Bright' in the Assessment Room, Lilac Villa, Gransha Hospital site.
Talented artist Tori McNeill pictured with her proud aunt Rosemary Davis at the unveiling of her painting 'Shine Bright' in the Assessment Room, Lilac Villa, Gransha Hospital site.