Curators have become the new artists – and they’re everywhere. In big public gallery exhibitions they almost threaten to outnumber the artist (not quite, but we’re getting there: three curators to just five artists for Tate’s Britain’s current exhibition ‘Painting Now’).So is it any surprise that MAs in curating are as oversubscribed these days as MAs in fine art? And is this a healthy development – evidence perhaps of a successful art industry and indicative of the public’s growing interest in art? On the other hand, where does it leave the artist? Do curators really “steal the creativity of the artist and claim it as their own”, as one high-profile critic recently claimed? More pertinently, are curators guilty of shoe-horning artists according to their own ill-fitting curatorial agendas? Why do we need curators anyway when the work can speak for itself? In short, should we welcome the unstoppable rise of the curator? Or fear it? Join The Arts Desk art critic Fisun Güner for this lively panel discussion. Panelists include Mark Hudson, critic for the Telegraph and The Arts Desk and independent curator and art writer George Vasey.