Fenella Kernebone

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Fenella Kernebone
Born (1976-06-08) 8 June 1976 (age 41)
Sydney, Australia
Known for Art Nation
Triple J
The Movie Show
By Design
The Sound Lab
"Sunday Arts"
Website fenellakernebone.com

Fenella Kernebone is an Australian radio and television presenter, MC and interviewer, based in Sydney, with a long record working across the arts, film, music, design, architecture and culture. Her most recent hosting roles include the presenter of By Design on Radio National and The Sound Lab on Triple J. In June 2016, she was appointed Head of Curation for TEDxSydney.


While studying at the University of Technology, Sydney, Fenella Kernebone began volunteering at Sydney community radio station 2SER.[1][2]

She started at Triple J in 1998 and began presenting the Triple J's arts program Creatures of the Spotlight (Sunday nights 9-11PM pre 1999), which was later renamed Artery (1999–2003).

From 2003 - 2014 she presented the cult electronic music show The Sound Lab on Triple J.[3] After 11 years on air, she announced that she was finishing her program in December 2014, with the final show going to air on 14 December 2014.

At the beginning of 2012 she began a new role as the host of By Design on Radio National, with the final program going to in later January 2015.

In June 2015, Kernebone announced she was producing and presenting a new podcast focused on Australian electronic music, called Trackwork.[4]


Between 2004 and 2006 Kernebone was co-host on the revamped Movie Show on SBS TV, with Jaimie Leonarder, Megan Spencer and Marc Fennell.

After her time at SBS, she was a presenter and reporter on ABC TV's (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Sunday Arts programme from 2007 – 2009.[2][5]

From 2010 - 2012 was the host of ABC TV's arts show, Art Nation every Sunday on ABC1.[6]


As a presenter and host, Fenella Kernebone moderates panels and forums as well as being an MC and host. Her MC roles have included the WA and NSW Institute of Architects Awards, APRA Art Music Awards, Semi Permanent and the 200th Anniversary of Royal Doulton.[7] In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she anchored the TedxSydney live stream at the Sydney Opera House.


Fenella Kernebone grew up in Homebush, in Sydney's Inner West. She was educated at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney in Croydon, New South Wales.

A portrait of Fenella Kernebone by the Artist, Nick Stathopolous called "Art Does Belong", was a finalist in the 2012 Archibald Prize.[8]


  1. ^ "Fenella Kernebone: 2ser Alumni". CBOnline. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Noonan, Andie. "Confessions of an art junkie". Star Observer. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "People – Fenella Kernebone". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Trackwork - The Podcast. http://fenellakernebone.com/2015/06/12/trackwork-the-podcast/. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ http://architectureau.com/articles/fenella-kernebone-talks-by-design/
  6. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/arts/video/date/default.htm?mm=10&month=October&year=2010
  7. ^ Royal Doulton celebrates 200 years of ceramics. http://thedesignwriter.com.au/royal-doulton-celebrates-200-years-of-ceramics/. Retrieved 30 April 2015
  8. ^ rt does belong. Portrait of Fenella Kernebone by Nick Stathopoulos. Archibald Prize 2012. Art Gallery NSW. http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2012/29249/

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