The first Soneva Fushi was founded back in 1995, and has always made sustainability an integral part of its complex operations, especially the ‘three R’s – reduce, re-use, recycle.
The newly launched Makers’ Place is a ground-breaking new addition to Soneva's evolving portfolio of sustainable innovations. A fully carbon-neutral island studio will properly recycle waste plastic and aluminium into works of art, as well as practical objects and building materials.
The Soneva Fushi team built the Makers’ Place in collaboration with British artist Alexander James Hamilton, founder of the Distil Ennui Studio™, whose practice spans sculpture, painting, photography, film, lighting and installation.
An advocate for sustainability at a community, island and governmental level for over 35 years and, like Soneva, a passionate ambassador for the ‘Three Rs’, his art engages with the broader public sphere through interventions within natural landscapes and civic spaces alike, arts education, policy-making, issues of sustainability and ecocide.
Through Makers’ Place programme, resort team invites artists and guests to unleash their creativity, as well as engaging with the wider community through the Soneva Namoona initiative, a collaboration between Soneva and the neighbouring islands in the Baa Atoll to eliminate ocean plastics, promote better waste management and create a more sustainable future for the Maldives and beyond.