Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the McCahon House in Titirangi. The home of painter Colin McCahon and his family from 1953-1960, the bush that surrounded the house inspired McCahon's art and was also the place where he began to experiment further with incorporating words into his paintings. McCahon himself did much of the work involved in expanding the house into a more liveable space for his family. Visitors learn not just about McCahon's art but about the economic and political issues that led to the family settling in Titirangi and the practical considerations that drove how the family lived and in Colin's case worked in the home environment. A separate studio and residence have been built on the property for artists in residence.