From 2011 – 2014 Fenella hosted Radio National’s By Design program, interviewing Australian and international architects, designers, city planners and beyond. She was also the host of Triple J’s cult electronic music show, The Sound Lab, which she started in 2003 – wrapping up at the end of 2014 after 11 years on air. Prior to this she hosted Triple J’s youth arts show, Artery.
In 2010 -2011, Fenella was the host of Art Nation on ABC TV and prior to that, presented and produced on the previous arts show, Sunday Arts. In these roles she has interviewed scores of international and Australian artists, performers, musicians, film makers such as Ang Lee, Clive James, Tracy Emin, Bill Viola, James Blake and many others. She has also hosted two documentaries on ABC TV’s Artscape, interviewing Australian designer, Marc Newson and The Kronos Quartet.
From 2004 – 2005, Fenella was one of the hosts of The Movie Show on SBS TV where she reviewed hundreds of films and reported from all the major Australian film festivals, the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals, Tokyo and New York as well as interviewing numerous filmmakers and actors, including Michel Gondry, Tilda Swinton, Heath Ledger, Isabelle Huppert and Keanu Reeves to name a few.
In 2015 Fenella launched a new podcast called Trackwork, interviewing Australian musicians and artists about the production process. Other radio presenting roles include guest presenting RN’s The Inside Sleeve; The J Files on Double J and RN’s Weekend Arts.
Fenella is in demand as an MC, interviewer , facilitator and public speaker – areas of interest include design, architecture, arts, film, music, creativity, history, science, culture, current affairs and all round nerdy goodness.
In 2015 she hosted the live stream at TedxSydney in the North Foyer of the Sydney Opera House. She also hosted the breakout live show for TedxSydney 2014, where she welcomed the main acts in The Studio after their talks. These were simulcast live on TV, Radio and online through the ABC, TedxSydney, Youtube and beyond.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
As an MC, Fenella is frequently asked to compere events and awards nights, known for her warm, intelligent and engaging approach as well as her ability to keep proceedings moving smoothly. Recent engagements include TedxSydney 2016, Future Cities (2016), these include the NSW and WA Architecture Awards (2014 and 2015); Royal Doulton’s 200th Anniversary at Fox Studios, Sydney (2015); Semi Permanent (2015); Reconnecting Sydney at Vivid (2015); Cossack Art Awards (2012 + 2015); Art and Science Soiree at the Powerhouse Museum (2012 – 2014); the APRA Art Music Awards; Creative Partnerships Awards at Parliament House, Canberra; City of Sydney’s Design Excellence Forum (2014); Australian Interior Design Awards (2013); Create Design Awards; The Fairfax Commercial Property Conference; Realise Your Dream Awards, 2013 and many others.
INTERVIEWER AND FACILITATOR
Fenella has hosted many panels and conferences throughout her career recently these include Vivid Ideas; Sydney Writers Festival; Guildhouse SA; Form WA; Historic House Trust, NSW; Art Space, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria; Blacktown Arts Centre; Mona Foma in Hobart; Willoughby Council, Sydney; Art Month, Sydney; Art Gallery of NSW; Byron Bay Writers Festival; GOMA, Brisbane …
In 2015, Fenella produced and hosted a three part series for the Art Gallery of NSW called Point Click Chat featuring guests such as Alison Page, Casey Legler, Myf Warhurst and David Hunt. In 2013 she curated and hosted the first series of “Art on the Rocks” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. This energetic and entertaining three part series explored our relationship to art, design, how we live in the city and more. Panelists included Hannah Gadsby, Tara Moss and Ben Quilty. She also hosted another three part series exploring designers whose work has a direct impact on the human body at the Australian Design Centre in 2013.
Fenella has appeared on a number of jury’s and advisory committees. These include the 2015 Australian Furniture Design Award, 2015; NSW Architecture Awards (residential alterations & additions) in 2013 and 2015; the National Peer Review Panel for the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship 2014; selection committee for the British Council’s, Realise Your Dream Awards (2011-2013). She was an Ambassador for the 2015 Cossack Art Awards near Karratha WA and the 2015 Sydney Architecture Festival. She has recently been named as a recipient of the Australian Design Honours, through the Australian Design Centre for her contribution to Australian design as a broadcaster. She is on the jury for the National Architecture Awards 2016 and will also host the awards ceremony in November 2016.
A portrait of Fenella by artist Nick Stathopolous, called Art Does Belong, was a finalist in the 2012 Archibald Prize.