The first Makeright course took place at HMP Thameside in October 2015. Gamman and her team drew on many participatory and theatre design activities to develop inmate creative learning and help create humanising prison experiences because:
“some prisoners develop an unrevealing and impenetrable prison mask and simultaneously risk alienation from themselves and others.” (Travis and Waul, 2003).
By the end of the first week, inmates had created a persona and ideation for a bag they thought this person could carry and would protect them against crime.
By the end of the final week, inmates had learnt to sew (some for the first time) and create anti-theft bag designs, as well as understand some market objectives.
The project was repeated with Praveen Nahar at the National Institute of Design and Sabarmati Central Jail with success and strong initial outputs.