Barry Pottle is an Inuk artist from Nunatsiavut in Labrador (Rigolet), now living in Ottawa, Ontario. He has worked with the Indigenous arts community for many years particularly in the city of Ottawa. Barry has always been interested in photography as a medium of artistic expression and as a way of exploring the world around him. Living in Ottawa, which has the largest urban population of Inuit outside the North, Barry has been able to stay connected to the greater Inuit community.

Through the camera’s len, Barry showcases the uniqueness of this 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 in Ottawa. From a regional perspective, living in the Nation’s Capital allows him to travel throughout the valley and beyond to explore and photograph people, places and events.

He believes that the concept of Urban Inuit is relatively new and for the most part unexplored (compared to other Urban Indigenous groups in Canada) so as an artist, he seeks to articulate this. “The camera,” he shares, “allows me to explore connection and continuity with my heritage and culture especially with regards to the contemporary reality of being an Urban Inuk.”

Barry’s photos have been published in a variety of magazines (Makivik Magazine, Inuktitut Magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly) and he has also contributed images to a number of community initiatives.




Barry Pottle


Aboriginal Art Collection at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Canadian Museum of Civilization. Gatineau, Québec, Canada

Canadian Studies Centre, University of Washington at Seattle, Seattle, Washington, United States

Carleton University (Equity Department), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nunatsiavut Government, Nain, Newfoundland, Canada

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada


The Globe and MailBarry Pottle’s Photography Explores Inuit Objectification by ID Tags. Adams, James. (May 17, 2016)

Canadian Art, A Night in Nunatsiavut. Campbell, Heather. (August 14, 2017)

Canadian ArtMust-Sees This Week. (October 6, 2016)

Canadian Art, 9 Memorable Events from the First iNuit Blanche. Brown, Nicholas. (October 13, 2006)

Nunatsiaq Online, Ottawa Inuit share traditional and new art forms at solstice festival. Edgar, Courtney (June 23, 2016)

Nunatsiaq Online, Whose Canada? Indigenous artists respond to Canada’s big birthday. Edgar, Courtney (January 17, 2017)

Nunatsiaq Online, Inuit teach Ottawa students about northern food and games. Gregoire, Lisa (April 3, 2014)

Ornamentum: Decorative Arts in Canada, Barry Pottle’s The Awareness Series “Eskimo Identification Tag” in Arctic Canada. (Fall/Winter 2016)

Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We’ll all become stories (Catalogue), Rebecca Basciano (2017)

Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, Decolonize Me (Catalogue), Igloliorte, Heather, Croft, Brenda L. and Loft Steve (2012)

Anchorage, AK: Anchorage Museum, Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations. Kelliher-Combs, Sonya (2016)

Inuit Art Quarterly. Vol. 26, No. 1: 19-23New Artists, New Media, New Techniques. Toronto: Inuit Art Foundation. Mitchell, Marybelle (Spring 2011)

Mixed Bag MagInuit in Ottawa: Foodland Security, A Taste of the (Edible) Arctic & How to Do Away With Cultural Prejudice While Having Fun. Leah Snyder (April 3, 2014)

Mixed Bag Mag, Ottawa Tomorrow: “Kanata 150?” critiques #Canada150. Leah Snyder (January 11, 2017)

The Hamilton Spectator, ROCKINGHAM: Inuit lives expressed through numbers. Rockingham, Graham. (July 25, 2017)

The Overcast, Steep Yourself in Inuit Culture This Month. Pelley, Chad (October 5, 2016)

Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 2: 14-19Contemporary Traditions in Inuit Art. Toronto: Inuit Art Foundation, Pottle, Barry (Summer 2001)

International Journal of Indigenous Health, Vol. 9, No. 2: 50-62, Foodland Security: Access to Inuit Country Food in an Urban Setting – As told by Barry Pottle through contemporary Inuit art photography, Pottle, Barry (2015)

Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 4: 14-15, Artist’s Choice: Jennie Williams. Toronto: Inuit Art foundation, Pottle, Barry (Winter 2016)

Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 3-4: 30-34, The Silatani Series: An Artistic Exploration of the Experiences of Urban Inuit, Toronto: Inuit Art foundation Pottle, Barry Fall (Winter 2015)

Nunatsiaq Online, Exhibit puts faces, names to Canada’s Eskimo ID tag system. Rogers, Sarah (May 27, 2016)