Maureen Callaghan

Artist Biography

Maureen Callaghan’s creative practice spans embroidery, drawing and mixed media. She focuses almost entirely on the self-portrait, depicting herself with repeated patterns and shapes that recur throughout her practice.


Her detailed portraits suggest an imaginary world that at times engulfs her, creating a protective layer where she surrounds herself in vibrant colour, flowers and nature.


How long have you been making art?

“A while, for as long as I can remember.”


What are your favourite art materials to work with?

“Everything and anything. I like embroidery.”


What is your art about?

“People. I enjoy it.”




Completely A Hustling Place, Manchester Central Library, 2021.


PERSPECTIVES, Venture Arts, Manchester and Salford, 2018


The Manchester Contemporary (exhibiting with Outside In), Manchester Central, 2018


MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester 2015


The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays 2014


Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry , Salford Quays 2013