Photo: Barry Pottle


curatorial, photography

Artistic Community:

Ottawa, ON

Date of Birth:

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North West River, NL




Barry Pottle is a North West River-born photographer who grew up in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, NL and has called Ottawa home for the past 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Studies from Carleton University, as well as an electrical trades certificate. Pottle’s work documents and explores contemporary Inuit culture, identity and tradition, including the daily realities of urban Inuit. His work has been shown throughout Canada and the United States, and he has participated in numerous conference panels across the nation. In addition to his artistic practice, Pottle is a curator and community activist. He works closely with Aboriginal artists in his community to provide them with photographic documentation of their work. He is a member of the Labrador Inuit Association and the Labrador Heritage Society and has sat on the board of both the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre as well as the Inuit Head Start Program.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
30 Artists to Know: Barry Pottle Fall 2017 Patricia Feheley
Barry Pottle February 21, 2017 Heather Igloliorte
Whose Canada? Indigenous artists respond to Canada’s big birthday. January 17, 2017 Courtney Edgar


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations Feb - Jul 2018 IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Barry Pottle: The Awareness Series June 2017 - Jan 2018 Art Gallery of Hamilton
raise the flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection Sept - Dec 2017 Onsite Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Silver for One of a Kind Storytelling 2018 National Magazine Awards

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa, ON, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada

Edit History

April 10, 2018 Update by: Inuit Art Foundation
November 21, 2017 Updated by: Rebecca Gray