Luke Carroll - Art After Hours

I bet this actor / Playschool presenter gets swamped by fans (especially little ones) when out and about. His breakthrough role was in the film, Australian Rules, but more recently has been performing in superb television dramas such as Redfern Now and Gods of Wheat Street. He also recently performed in the Sydney Festival and Queensland Theatre Company production of Black diggers, that explores the contribution of Australia’s first World War Aboriginal diggers.

Looking forward to speaking with Luke about the play, his career and anything else that comes to mind at the Art Gallery of NSW Art After Hours - 9th July at 6.30pm. It's all part of  NAIDOC Week 2014

Future Hobart at Dark Mofo

Public space - how do we use it? What do we look for in public space? What works and what doesn't? Tuesday 17th June, I'm hosting a forum with New York artist Vito Acconci from Acconci Studio on this very subject at Dark Mofo. Here's the blurb: 'Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.' – Jane Jacobs

How do we use public space in such a way as to maximise its potential? This question will form the centrepiece for an ongoing discussion series starring you, Hobart locals and interlopers alike. Our shared spaces do more than bring us together (although that is important enough): they say something about who we are as a group, and who we want to be.

To get the party started, the City of Hobart and MONA have invited New York artist Vito Acconci to offer up a prototype for how to create connections between previously discrete aspects of our city, and in doing so, activate them in unimagined ways. A while back, we commissioned Acconci – a pivotal player in the subversive 1970s art scene – to design a major piece of public architecture for our city, in response to the Queens Domain Master Plan. During Dark Mofo he will present a proposed structure to re-link the Queen's Domain with its riverside precinct containing the Hobart Cenotaph, before turning his vision over to you for discussion and debate. Speak up. The future, as it were, is in your hands.

Speculating about what Acconci Studio might come up with? Talk about it #futurehobart


Photo: Vito Acconci


Picture - Marcus Zusak Markus Zusak with Fenella Kernebone | Studio | TEDxSydney 2014 Photo: Tim Lumsdaine 

In April I had the day of all days when I hosted the breakout sessions in The Studio at the Sydney Opera House for TedxSydney. It was rather massive. For a few months there, life was BT and AT. Before tedx and ... you get the picture.

You can view the entire day, including all the added good bits that from The Studio - all the additional interviews with Tedx speakers including Marcus Zuzak, Adam Alter and Tim and Judy Sharpe (to name just a few) - on the tedxsydney website, youtube and everywhere else!

Here's a bunch of pictures from the whole day and from The Studio


I Touch Myself Project

It's a great honour to be an ambassador for the #itouchmyselfproject - this is a project instigated by friends and family of the legendary Chrissie Amphlett, who died a year ago of breast cancer. She wanted her song to become an anthem for women's breast awareness. My mother - the beautiful Mary Kernebone, died in 2007 of breast cancer, so this is an issue that has impacted on my life and my families life in huge way - as it has for so many other Australians.  So - touch yourself ladies!

Here's the song - featuring Katie Noonan, Megan Washington and more:

And here's my story as well

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In conversation with Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and Louise Herron - 25th November, 2013

I'll be speaking with Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Louise Herron, CEO of Sydney Opera House on Monday 25th November, 2013, as part of the end of year celebrations for SAMAG.

Here's the information from SAMAG's website:

"Fenella Kernebone in conversation with these two distinguished arts leaders, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia and Louise Herron, AM, CEO Sydney Opera House will discuss the year that was and reflect on the future of creative leadership in Australia. Our experienced guests will engage in a broad ranging discussion and speak to questions including: What shape is Australia’s arts industry currently in? What constitutes some of the biggest backwards and forwards steps in the sector? Has the status of the arts sector changed? How do you manage the process of transforming an organisation? What does the sector need to do to successfully adapt to change and remain relevant? What are the future opportunities in arts practice, funding and education? What will arts audiences expect in the future? What qualities will the next generation of creative leaders need?"

Monday 18th November - Creative Partnership Awards 2013

Hosted the Creative Partnership Awards 2013 – on Monday 18th November at Parliament House, Canberra, which recognise successful relationships between business and creative industries - many exploring alternate funding models to enable creative projects to happen. Many of the winners also used the platform to call for greater culture of giving towards the arts in Australia, which is seriously lacking here in comparison to our American counterparts.

In Australia - it's still the case that the more you earn, the less you give. So it was refreshing to hear from one the winner of the Creative Partnerships Philanthropy Leadership Award, Betty Amsden OAM - a big arts donor in this country, strongly arguing for a rise in philanthropy from those that have the means. It was an  inspiring speech - made me forget for a moment how sore my feet were from standing on stage for hours!

To see the list of winners and finalists - head to their website.

Hetti Perkins - Art Gallery of NSW

hetti Had a great chat with Hetti Perkins - creative director of the Corroboree Sydney festival on Wednesday 20th November at the Art Gallery of NSW for Art After Hours. On the festival, her ideas, the cultural diversity that is Indigenous Australia and more.

Create Design Awards

Tonight am getting amongst it with Australian designers as the MC for the Create Design Awards. Awards includes emerging talent, identity, illustration, interactive & digital, motion design, packaging, photography, print: creative, print: commercial, sustainability, typography and website. Certainly puts this little site's efforts to shame when you look at how the bosses do it.

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Project 5 - Art Auction for Charity - 17th October 2013

JODEE KNOWLES Artwork by Jodee Knowles, one of the artists appearing at Project 5 MC'ing this event at Darling Quarter tonight which will be a lot of fun and all proceeds going to arts charity ICE - Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE).

"A unique opportunity to purchase four original artworks from Australian contemporary artists Adnate, Jodee Knowles, Numskull and Rone, and to meet the artists.

The live art auction will be conducted by Anne Phillips, Senior Specialist, Sydney, Leonard Joel - Specialist Auctioneers & Valuers.

Artwork can be viewed at aMBUSH Gallery by appointment only at 4A James Street, Waterloo Sydney".

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Sarah Blasko - 25th September 2013

I recently interviewed Sarah Blasko at the Art Gallery of NSW in front of a mass of people. It was a big night as the gallery celebrated the tenth year of their Art After Hours function. You can check out the interview here (maybe pretend you don't notice the coughing fit I had on stage - hayfever season!). [youtube]

Art & Science Soiree - Powerhouse Museum Sydney. 20th September 2013 Hosted this great night - artists and scientists connecting through speed meets plus performances with the aim of finding future collaborators for projects. Super talented bunch of people.

Also a first opportunity for me and a bunch of other people there, to see 3D printing up close. It will be so commonplace in the future that this post will seem quaint I imagine, but I still find it somewhat boggling!

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Designer Bodies Talk Series - Data Visualisation

The second in the Designer Bodies Talk Series is happening Tuesday, 13th August at Object Gallery in Sydney. This one is all about data visualisation. Here's the blurb: We live in an age when information is more prolific and widely available than ever before. To harness information, and to transform it into knowledge, is the key to our capacity to make sense of the world. Hosted by ByDesign’s Fenella Kernebone, CUSP designers Greg More and George Khut, along with interactive artist Jason McDermott discuss data visualisation and its transformative impact on the human mind and body. designerbodieswebmofos__cropped

Book here:

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Object Gallery: The Heart Of It

db_thoi_main__croppedOn 9 July 2013, I facilitated a fascinating panel featuring designer Leah HeissDesign + Industry Director Anthony Honeyfield and Dr John Cartmill, Professor of Surgery at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine. The topic ‘Can design humanise medical technologies?’. You can hear an edited segment of the discussion on By Design here

And you can hear the full discussion at Object Gallery

This is the first of three talks I'm hosting at Object over the next few months.

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