Fenella Kernebone is the Head of Curation for TEDxSydney responsible for leading the programming for what has become one of the largest TEDx events in the world. Each year 5000 people fill the seats at ICC Sydney. Fenella is also the lead MC hosting sessions throughout the day. For TEDxSydney, Fenella manages a team of over 20 curators and producers dedicated to spreading great ideas and strong stories in fields including science, technology, arts, business and design. Fenella is also responsible for the programming and MC for TEDxSydney’s many other events including our Salon series and Pitch Nights.
Fenella is also a noted television and radio presenter and producer with a distinguished career working across arts, music, design and culture. Her hosting roles have included Radio National’s By Design, The Sound Lab on Triple J, Art Nation and Sunday Arts on ABC TV, The Movie Show on SBS TV, It's a Long Story for the Sydney Opera House Podcast (2017), TEDxSydney Livestream (2014, 2015, 2016) and TEDxSydney Adventure Series (2016 & 2017).
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 the land of podcasts, in 2015 Fenella produced and presented a 11 podcast series 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. She hosted a season of the Sydney Opera House's podcast, It's a Long Story during the 2017 Vivid Festival interviewing musicians such as Briggs, Camp Cope and others. Midway through 2018, Fenella has started working on a new podcast as the host and co-producer which will be released later in the year.
As the host of the TedxSydney livestream broadcast over 3 years from 2014 - 2016, Fenella anchored the live broadcast for a local and international audience and was simulcast live on TV, Radio to a huge online audience.
KEYNOTES, SPEAKER TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
Fenella has been invited over the years to speak at numerous conferences including recent talks for CEB, TFE Hotels, Primary Principals Conference, CBA and many others. Fenella has also recently been helping others find their voice as public speakers. This includes working with companies such as oOh! Media, Diageo, IAG and Prezee. She has also worked closely with academics from University of Sydney for their Sydney Ideas, Raising the Bar event + Innovation week.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
As an MC, Fenella has hosted so many awards nights and events around the country - and has the black tie outfits to prove it! She is known for her intelligent, humorous and engaging style as well as her ability to keep proceedings moving smoothly. Some of these events include the upcoming INDE Awards, Melbourne; Production Designer Guild Awards (2018), Melbourne Art Awards 2018 & 2015, National Architecture Awards (2016), Australian Interior Design Awards (2016), TEDxSydney 2017 + 2018 + 2019 TEDxSydney's Salons, Future Cities Conferences (2016 around Australia), 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 many others.
INTERVIEWER, FACILITATOR, PRESENTER
Fenella has hosted countless panels and conferences throughout her career including Skoll World Forum (Comedy and Social Change, Oxford UK 2019); PWC “Making Cities Thrive” featuring the NSW Premier Glady Berejiklian; events for Acer; KPMG; AECON; TEXT; Leo Burnetts; State Library of NSW, Sydney City Council, AECOM, Bradfield College, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Vivid Ideas; Sydney Writers Festival; Perth Writers Festival, Wheeler Centre, Sydney Ideas, Guildhouse SA; Form WA; Historic House Trust, NSW; Art Space, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria; Blacktown Arts Centre; Mona Foma in Hobart; Art Month; Art Gallery of NSW; Byron Bay Writers Festival; GOMA, Brisbane … the list goes on!
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 Australian Women in Music Awards 2018/2019, Australia Council Peer Assessor Advisory Council, 2016 National Architecture Awards Jury; 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 was 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 a Board Director for the National Trust NSW.
A portrait of Fenella by artist Nick Stathopolous, called Art Does Belong, was a finalist in the 2012 Archibald Prize.