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London Games Festival hosting videogame art exhibit at City Hall next week

Tuesday, 16th October 2012 14:59 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The London Games Festival will play host to rare and never-before-seen videogame art, which is to be showcased by Ukie as part of London Games Festival at City Hall next week.

The Games Art Exhibition will be the first time that the videogames have appeared at the home of the Greater London Authority and will “offer the public the chance to enjoy a uniquely curated art exhibition in a exclusive setting.”

Organized by Ukie, the event will feature “exclusive visuals from some of the best games ever made,” with the collection being auctioned for charity.

London-based developer Rocksteady Studios has donated art from Batman: Arkham City, Bethesda has commissioned its Dishonored artists to produce a London vista, and other work on display includes pieces from Mind Candy, Sports Interactive, Lionhead, and Konami as part of Metal Gear Solid’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

“The UK’s digital economy is clustered in London and the emergence of Tech City shows there is capacity for growth,” says Munira Mirza, deputy mayor for education and culture. “The games industry makes a huge contribution to the London economy, with a wealth of creative and entrepreneurial talent, whose work and influence often goes beyond the games sector.”

“This prestigious art exhibition at the home of the Mayor of London is an illustration of how the city is embracing the London Games Festival,” adds Dr Jo Twist, CEO, Ukie. “It’s brilliant to see gaming being recognised and celebrated as a valuable cultural contributor, and we hope as many people as possible take this unique opportunity to head to City Hall to see this wonderful collection.”

Pieces from the collection will be available to buy via auction throughout the exhibition, with all proceeds going to SpecialEffect, a charity for those with disabilities.

The Games Art Exhibition opens at midday on Monday, October 22 until 6:00pm in the evening, and runs through Friday October 26.

Opening times for the rest of the week are 9:00am – 6:00pm. It is free to attend.

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