A major exhibition of New Zealand video gaming art is coming to Lower Hutt’s Dowse Art Museum.

Arcade: Homegrown Video Games will showcase home-grown gaming companies' technical and creative skills by exploring the graphics, concept art, and storytelling of some of the best games developed in New Zealand.

Installments will include digital art as well as still images, concept art, video footage, and the actual games that visitors can play.

Arcade will also feature never-before-published sketches, models, and works-in-progress with commentaries by the artists, giving visitors an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the development and innovation of the art behind the games.

“Arcade offers an insight into the amazing world of the video games made right here in New Zealand,” reads a statement from Dowse.

“It celebrates the extraordinary skills and creativity of the New Zealand gaming industry, focusing on the striking visual effects designed by our most talented and influential gaming artists.”

Games whose art will be on display include Flutter (Runaway), Cletus Clay (Tuna Snax), Sparx (Metia Interactive), Dungeon King (BulletProof Arcade Ltd), SmallWorlds (Outsmart), Chuck Darwin's Extinction Squad (PikPok), Ancient Frog (James Brown), Path of Exile (Grinding Gear Games), Space Hawk (Star Kiwi Studios), and Music Manager (InGame).

Arcade: Homegrown Video Games opens on November 10 and runs until March 3, 2013. Entry is free.