Photo: Barry Pottle


curatorial, photography

Artistic Community:

Ottawa, ON

Date of Birth:

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North West River, NL




Barry Pottle is an Inuk artist originally from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, NL, now living in Ottawa, ON. He has worked with the Indigenous arts community for many years particularly in the city of Ottawa. Pottle has always been interested in photography as a medium of artistic expression and as a way of exploring the world around him. Through the camera’s lens, Pottle showcases the uniqueness of the urban Inuit community. Whether it is at a cultural gathering, family outings or the solitude of nature that photography allows, he captures the essence of Inuit life outside Inuit Nunangat. Pottle’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Canada and in the United States and his photos have been published in a variety of books and magazines. He has also contributed images to a number of community initiatives.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Spotlight: Generations Spring 2019 Geronimo Inutiq and Jocelyn Piirainen
Through a different lens: Photographer Barry Pottle explores Ottawa's Inuit culture October 23, 2018 Rose Saba
30 Artists to Know: Barry Pottle Fall 2017 Patricia Feheley


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Qautamaat | Every day / everyday January 22 - April 26, 2020 Art Gallery of Guelph
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut Feb 16 - May 20, 2019 Mackenzie Art Gallery
Kaleidoscope: 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection Dec 2018 - Jan 2019 City Hall Art Galelry


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Achievement Year Organization
Nominated for the Ontario Arts Council's 2019 Paul De Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Photography 2019 Ontario Arts Council
Silver for One of a Kind Storytelling 2018 National Magazine Awards

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Hamilton Hamilton, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Canadian Studies Centre, University of Washington at Seattle Seattle, WA, United States

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