The Youngblood Foundation, which won a BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) award, was created in January 2010. Youngblood is an arts & culture development that aims to be a platform for artists from all genres to start off from or to continue from in order to become self-sustainable.
Youngblood’s founder, Roger Jungblut, is the CEO of Universal Africa Lines Shipping (UAL), a leading shipping company that has been connecting Africa’s oil and gas industry with the US and Europe for over 40 years. Through Youngblood, he entered another, uniquely different but equally challenging sector: the creative one.
Roger Jungblut, realised that there was a need in the Arts and Culture sector in South Africa. The need for capital and exposure, through Youngblood these needs could be met. It remains his priority to support progress within that creative sector through Youngblood. This way, many promising artists are newly motivated: they are given the chance, and of course the means, to reach their full potential.
Youngblood further gains support via the corporate and private-sector, and through other companies with CSI programmes, where Youngblood itself has its origins.
Youngblood is based in a three storey gallery, with the uniquely designed open plan, the space caters for a range of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals and functions of all sizes. By hosting private/corporate functions, clients are also supporting arts and culture development, as all profits go directly towards Youngblood’s projects within this sector.