Buckinghamshire Art Society was founded in 1920. It plays an active role in the visual arts in Buckinghamshire, organising exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and various social events, the majority of which are open to the public. The society maintains close links with the County Museum in Aylesbury.
BAS currently has around 100 members, a large proportion of whom are professional and semi-professional artists. Representing a wide variety of styles and media, all members have been elected to the Society on the basis of their skill as artists.
Since its foundation, BAS has organized at least two exhibitions per year, traditionally one in the autumn for members only, and one in the spring, to which non-members can also submit their work.
In order to encourage artistic activities among younger members of the public, the society initiated The Young Artist Award, open to 16 – 18 year old art students in the County. BAS invites all schools and colleges in Buckinghamshire to submit work for the competition, which is run in conjunction with the Autumn Exhibition.