Art Press Release from Australia. Published by M.C.A. on Monday 04 March 2013.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) announces MCA on The Rocks, a talk show inspired series stirring up a cocktail of ideas. Some of Sydney’s most dynamic thinkers and personalities are invited to host a season of conversations using MCA exhibitions as a starting point.

Unlike curatorial lectures, these talks between hosts and their guests use exhibition concepts as a springboard to shake up and explore a whole range of topics and themes.

The inaugural season from March to May kicks off with arts aficionado, journalist, radio and television presenter Fenella Kernebone. Drawing on themes present in Anish Kapoor, South of no North: Laurence Aberhart, William Eggleston, Noel McKenna and JEFF WALL Photographs, it asks Is bigger always better? Why do we love to hate the suburbs? and Is it OK to not like Contemporary Art?

The season’s guests include Co-Director of Performance Space Jeff Khan, artists Ben Quilty and Brook Andrew, comedian Hannah Gadsby, MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE and architect Anthony Burke.

Seasons two and three are hosted by political commentator Joe Hildebrand and comedian and vintage enthusiast Tim Ross respectively.

MCA on The Rocks is held in the Veolia Lecture Theatre every third Thursday of the month. Each session is followed by a Q&A and a glass of wine.

$20/$15 MCA Members and Concessions in advance (booking fees apply)

$25 at the door (subject to availability)

Third Thursday of every month, Veolia Lecture Theatre, 6.30-8.00 pm

For more information and bookings, visit


Fernella Kernebone

In 2010-2011, Fenella Kernebone hosted Art Nation on ABC TV and presented and produced on the previous arts show, Sunday Arts. Prior to that, she was one of the hosts and film reviewers of The Movie Show on SBS TV. In addition to her role on Radio National’s By Design, Fenella also hosts the long running, cult electronic music show, The Sound Lab on Triple J radio.

Joe Hildebrand

Joe Hildebrand is a journalist and columnist for The Daily Telegraph, Sydney’s biggest newspaper, where he is currently Opinion and Inside Edition editor. Prior to this he was a prominent political reporter for the paper. Joe was also the host of ABC2’s hit TV series Dumb, Drunk and Racist. He is a regular commentator on the ABC (Q&A, The Drum), Seven Network (Sunrise, The Morning Show), Network Ten (The Project, Can of Worms), Sky News (PM Live) and a host of radio stations, including 2GB, 4BC, 6PR and ABC. He knows nothing about art, nor does he know what he likes.

Tim Ross

Tim Ross is a comedian, author, broadcaster and television presenter. He currently hosts the drive show on Mix FM and is part of the ensemble cast of the acclaimed ABC show Agony Uncles/The Agony Guide to Life. In 2010 he released his first book Mum Had A Kingswood and he writes a monthly column for the SMH in The (Sydney) Magazine. In 2012 he developed a live show Man About The House, which is staged in iconic Modernist houses. In 2013 the show continues with seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Los Angeles.