It’s hard to create in a vacuum! In the endless effort to deepen artistic practice, it is invaluable to gain feedback on works in progress. Join other artists at Trestle to discuss your work in a constructive, serious environment. 

Critiques in the gallery begin at 6:30 and run approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the number of artists. There is a maximum of 10 artists per critique. We also welcome those who simply want to participate in the discussion, whether or not they have current work to share.

Participating artists are given 15 minutes to discuss their work. They may make a short statement about their theme and approach, or simply open up the discussion to the group.  We suggest bringing a maximum of three pieces.  

Please RSVP by emailing

Upcoming critiques: all start at 6:30pm and take place at 168 7th Street, 3rd Floor. 
Critiques are held on the first Tuesday of every month

Trestle is pleased to have artist Tahir Carl Karmali hosting our monthly critiques. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya now based in Brooklyn, NY. He began him as an ink painter, combining abstract painting with portraits. Tahir picked up the camera as a creative outlet while he traveled and worked in Asia and Europe. In 2013, he moved into a studio at Kuona Trust in Nairobi to concentrate on his practice and began mixing his painting and photography practice. His first solo exhibit “Value” was a provocative show in Kenya, where he depicted male sex workers that was later shown at Brooklyn College. Working closely with found object artists and sculptors, Karmali was inspired to create his exhibit “Jua Kali” – that won the POPCAP ’15 Prize for Contemporary African Photography and shown at Art Basel. His work is also part of the “Making Africa” Exhibit currently showing at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Karmali attained his Masters of Digital Photography at SVA and continues to experiment with mixed media and digital photography. He continues to explore themes around socioeconomic and ethnicities - his practice now includes paper making and photo transfer. In 2016 he completed Visual Artist Residency at BRIC in Brooklyn and MacDowell, where he explored identity through pre and post-independence national identification documents. He continues this project in 2017 at the Trestle visiting artist residency.