Fenella Kernebone

Arts and music presenter, speaker and MC

The dynamic Fenella Kernebone is a television and radio presenter and producer, MC, interviewer and writer with a passion for the arts.

Fenella was presenter and producer of ABC TV's Sunday Arts program, then the host of Art Nation, reporting on significant art trends and interviewing local and international filmmakers and artists including Geoffrey Rush, Phillip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Michael Nyman, Rufus Wainwright, Ang Lee, Warwick Thornton and Marc Newson.

She is currently the host of Radio National's By Design and of The Sound Lab, the electronic music show she first launched on Triple J radio in 2003.

With her background in arts, film, music, design and culture, Fenella is in demand as an MC, compere, interviewer, facilitator and speaker at related events. From an early age, she has been talking about art and design as well as architecture, the built environment, film, music, creativity, history, science, medicine and culture.

Fenella is also an incredibly experienced MC and host. She has presented an award at the Lexus IF Awards three times, MC'd the Melbourne Leg of Tropfest twice, hosted Q & A sessions at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of their Art After Hours series and hosted The APRA Classical Music Award. She has also chaired panels at the Sydney Writers Festival, The Byron Bay Writers Festival, Historic House Trust, National Gallery of Victoria and others.

Other highlights in recent years include presenting Radio National's The Inside Sleeve, hosting the breakout space at TedxSydney and The Studio sessions at the Sydney Opera House and curating and hosting the first series of Art on the Rocks at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. This three-part series explored our relationship to art, design, how we live in the city and more. Panelists included Hannah Gadsby, Tara Moss, Ben Quilty and Anthony Burke.

Fenella began her media career when she volunteered at the local community radio 2SER at the age of seventeen and at twenty-one won a competition to be a Triple J presenter as part of the youth arts festival Noise. Soon afterwards she was selected to host the youth arts program, Artery (1999-2004), interviewing hundreds of performers, actors, artists, filmmakers and musicians. In 2003 Fenella launched a new show on Triple J called The Sound Lab, which she continues to host every Sunday night.

Fenella moved into television in 2004 as one of the hosts of The Movie Show on SBS TV. Reviewing hundreds of films each year, Fenella also reported from the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals and interviewed scores of filmmakers and actors such as Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Tilda Swinton, and Keanu Reeves.

Fenella has also been a judge at film festivals and art competitions, has written for various magazines including film reviews for Limelight and has extensive voiceover experience.

There's no doubt that Fenella Kernebone should be on the shortlist for any event related to art, design, film, music or culture, whether it's as a speaker, MC, interviewer or facilitator.