Makeright : Making Bags to Make Good

Making Bags to Make Good

In partnership with Camden Kalā amongst others, a collection of anti-theft bags designed by prisoners from HMP Thameside (London) and Sabarmati Central Jail (Ahmedabad, India) is being exhibited at Central Saint Martins Window Galleries between 22nd September – 31st October. 

Makeright: Making Bags to Make Good exhibition open to the public:

22nd September – 31st October 2017

Window Galleries

Central Saint Martins

Granary Building

1 Granary Square

Kings Cross

London N1C 4AA

Makeright is a collection of anti-theft bags designed by inmates from HMP Thameside, London and produced by inmates from HMP Kilmarnock, near Glasgow. The collection takes its name from the Makeright Design Academy, a design education initiative led by the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Over 85 inmates in HMP Thameside, London, and 25 in Sabarmati Central Jail, Ahmedabad have gained valuable skills and qualifications while developing this range of anti-theft bags between 2015-2017, as part of ‘purposeful learning’ in prison. Over 30 UAL graduate and student volunteers have participated in this project and have mentored UK inmates.


Abel & Cole provided the lorry tarpaulin from which the current anti-theft bags are made. The first bags have been sold by Sue Ryder, the national healthcare charity. Eventually, the Makeright range will be available via a web portal that allows socially engaged production of the bag designs by our global partners. So far, the quantities of bags produced are small as the team have been trying to improve the production quality. From Spring 2018 the public will be able to buy the bags direct from the Abel & Cole website.


Bottle Bag small

To date Makeright has received a number of awards, including the 2016 British Council INDIA-UK Excellence Award under ‘Innovative Partnerships’ for Collaborations in Higher Education, the 2016 Sublime Magazine Best Design Initiative, and as runner up in the recent 2017 NICE Award (Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe).