Island, the Tasmanian literary quarterly, will not receive state government funding under Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Organisations Program in 2012. Successful organisations were announced on 30 August by the Arts Minister and Tasmanian Premier, the Hon. Lara Giddings. Ms Giddings said advice had been taken from the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board that ' hard copy literary magazines, as a model for supporting literature, are in significant international and national decline with an increasing trend to using digital strategies'.
The Tasmanian Writers' Centre and the Hobart-based Australian Script Centre will continue to receive funding in 2012 as will several theatre groups. Like Island, the Tasmanian Theatre Company has had its funding cut.
Ms Giddings' announcement is available on the Tasmanian Government Media Releases website. A list of funded organisations is provided on the Arts Tasmania website. Island continues to receive funding from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the University of Tasmania and The Tasmania Writers’ Centre, among others. To read more about Island, and its online journal, Islet, see the magazine's website.