Bedford Art Society was founded in 1954 as the Bedford Art Circle. The Society exists to promote local interest in the visual arts. It enables those with any interest in art to hear talks, to see practical demonstrations, to exhibit their work in the Society's exhibitions, to visit art galleries and to take part in a number of practical opportunities for enjoying art. It is a non-profit making organisation run by a committee and chaired by Andy Graham.

The Society has a vibrant mix of members ranging from professionally trained and amateur artists to members who simply take an interest in the arts and, although not creatives, are nevertheless great supporters and enthusiasts.